Regulations on Body Rub Establishments
At the direction of Council in December 2018, the City completed community engagement and additional research, and is now proposing an approach to regulate the massage parlour industry. Council will consider the matter at Executive Committee on June 12, 2019.
Currently, the selling of sexual services is legal in Canada. The City has worked in collaboration with Regina Police Services on this complex issue. The priorities are safety-related including ensuring the health and safety of workers, and protecting the character and integrity of the City’s neighbourhoods.
The recommended approach sets direction for a future regulatory framework as follows:
• Amend definitions in the Zoning Bylaw to distinguish between massage parlours and therapeutic massage using the term “body rub establishments”.
• Continue to allow body rub establishments as a discretionary use in industrial zones and add it as a discretionary use in major arterial commercial zones.
• Apply a one block separation distance similar to those applied regarding cannabis retail outlets (one block from schools, churches, daycares and other body rub establishments).
• Develop a licencing program to allow for additional regulation on hours of operation, health and safety standards, worker training and support.
The City held public workshops attended by about 50 residents. The common ground throughout the engagement was reducing the victimization of women. The majority of participants wanted massage parlours banned. However, most participants agreed that, while a ban was preferable, it was unlikely to have a positive impact on safety of workers in the industry.
Administration also met with workers and owners of body rub establishments, consulted with academics and took into consideration the best practices and lessons learned by other municipalities.