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The beauty industry is now considered to be one of the biggest industries in Canada. It is constantly moving, growing and changing. Technicians in this field continue to push the boundaries for new and innovative ways to create looks from everyday wear to runway fashion appeal.

The scope of services offered within this industry are incredible. A good start would be deciding on which services you wish to offer and ensure you have a technician on staff able to provide the services as advertised.


  • Hair Services
  • Esthetics
  • Make up
  • Manicures/Pedicures
  • Facials and Skincare treatments
  • Relaxation services like massage, aromatherapy and other therapeutic services
  • Tanning
  • Waxing

Licensing within this industry

Hairstyling Certification:

In order to provide hairstyling services in Ontario you must be certified. You must either be a member of the College’s Apprentice Class or pass the Certificate of Qualification exam and register in the College’s Journeyperson Class.

Cosmetics program:
To sell, distribute or manufacture cosmetics and personal care products you must do the following.

  • Submit a Cosmetic Notification Form to Health Canada
  • Guarantee the safety of the ingredients and your product
  • Label your products according to Health Canada regulations

Tanning Salons:
Follow the guidelines below to provide tanning services (UV light treatments

  • Meet local requirements for operating tanning equipment in your Province and Country.
  • Post approved signs around your facility
  • Notify your local public health unit
  • In Ontario you may not sell or advertise tanning services to anyone under the age of 18.

Therapeutic treatments:

As a salon or spa you are responsible for ensuring all treatments are legal and meet regulatory requirements. You may choose to offer treatments or procedures that enhance your clients’ health or appearance through injections and lasers. In Ontario many of these treatments are to be performed only by certified or licensed professionals from a regulatory body. You may also wish to contact Health Canada to ensure you are also following their guidelines.


  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Massage therapy

Each sector of the beauty industry also has different Health and Safety regulations to follow. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Chemical Safety

Registration or Incorporation?
Deciding if you wish to register as a small business or to incorporate?
If you are unsure, see our blog on the difference between the two different types of registrations.

Master Business Licence

Ontario Incorporation

Pricing for services:
Deciding on the price of your services can really impact your client base. A good thing to consider is the pricing of the competition in the near vicinity. A good rule of thumb is to be competitive with others around, but not too high or low comparatively to competition.

The beauty industry allows you to lift up spirits and make people feel they are the best version of themselves. Starting your own business is a fun and freeing venture. Above all, it allows you to be your own boss, create as you wish and offer a service to enhance your client’s lives. Is there really anything better? No? Go on then, get started!

If you would like Ontario Business Central to assist you in setting up your business, please feel free to contact our friendly knowledgeable staff at:
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