Cosmetology Legislation to Improve Safety
Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)
November 9, 2001 9:24 AM
Legislation was introduced today to help improve the regulation
and safety of Nova Scotia's cosmetology industry.
The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia is responsible for
administering the provincial Cosmetology Act. The association
requested amendments to the act to meet changes in the industry
and to increase the safety and quality of its members' services.
"Increasing consumer safety is the main goal of this
legislation," said Education Minister Jane Purves, whose
department is responsible for training-related legislation.
"Updating the Cosmetology Act with better structures for
regulation means that people who use the services of hairstylists
and estheticians can be assured of these professionals' skills."
Currently, some private cosmetology schools require only Grade 10
courses as prerequisites for admission. The proposed legislation
will give the association the authority to set minimum entrance
requirements for cosmetology training programs.
Once enrolled in a cosmetology program, students need to gain
experience. To provide this experience, schools offer services to
consumers at reduced prices. The proposed amendments will provide
for student cards, which serve as licences for the students to
perform services under supervision. The cards will also remind
consumers that students are doing the work.
The current legislation addresses only part of the esthetics
sector of the industry, which is growing at a rapid pace. Only
hairstylists have voting rights within the cosmetology
association. The amendments will bring estheticians into the
association by giving them voting rights. It will also establish
training requirements, provide licences for qualified
professionals and allow for better regulation of their services.
"The cosmetology association is very excited about the amendments
to the act which will help us monitor and regulate the training,
examining, licensing and sanitation practices of estheticians,
for the protection of Nova Scotians," said association president
The cosmetology association has about 6,000 members across the
province. Basic cosmetology training programs are offered at
eight private career colleges and 10 campuses of the Nova Scotia
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Legislation was introduced today to change the Cosmetology
The changes will improve the regulation Nova Scotia's
cosmetology industry and increase safety for consumers of
hairstyling and esthetics services.
Changes include giving the Cosmetology Association of Nova
Scotia the authority to set minimum entrance requirements to
training programs, issue student cards and fully regulate the
Contact: Adèle Poirier
Department of Education
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