The Cosmetology Act

Read the Act that outlines Nova Scotia cosmetology laws, standards, procedures, and principles that must be followed by all parties to which the legislation applies.

The By-Laws

Read the secondary laws that govern the internal affairs of the Association and its membership.

The Association

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (the “Association”) is the licensing and regulatory authority of Nova Scotia Cosmetologists, salons and spas, industry business owners, colleges offering cosmetology programs, and students pursuing education in cosmetology.

The Nova Scotia Cosmetology Act, 2012, c. 39 (the “Cosmetology Act”) and its By-Laws are pieces of legislation by which the Association is guided. These legal documents outline the criteria required to become a member of the Association. Members are industry professionals such as Hairdressers, Estheticians, Nail Technicians, Makeup Artists, and Lash Technicians.

The Association is the backbone of the Nova Scotia cosmetology industry. The Association exists to advocate cosmetology best practice for the safety of the public and industry professional. This is accomplished by promoting licensing compliance, as well as the highest sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization standards.

The Board

Spearheading the long-term goals and needs for the future of the Association is the Executive Board of Directors. The Board is a group of nine elected Cosmetologists voted in by the membership during the annual Executive Board Election. All-level Cosmetologists are eligible to run in the election; however, candidates must hold a current Nova Scotia cosmetology licence, and demonstrate strict confidentiality and objectivity.

2017-18 Executive Board of Directors:

  • Tracy Samson, Chairperson
  • Angela Burns
  • Tracey Crawley
  • Cameron DeBaie
  • Irish Harnish
  • Mark Peyton
  • Patricia Twast
  • Bonnie Williams
  • Tanya Baker-D'Arcy

 The Benefits

Many are unaware of what the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia does, and what it offers its members.
Click here to see all the benefits offered to members from third-party benefactors.

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia provides education for license upgrading and/or professional development, oftentimes at no cost to the membership.

Eclipse Media Group Inc. (902.443.3244) will build professional, easy to navigate websites (like this one) for the members at a 15 per cent discounted rate. It is necessary to have a functional, sophisticated website to be in business today. Let the team at Eclipse help you out; for concept, design, and maintenance... they do it all!

KLIPhouse Productions offers a wide range of photography and videography services. Looking for professional salon/spa head shots or a video tour of your business? The KLIPhouse crew offers to the membership 15 per cent off all services. As a bonus, the company offers an exclusive 20 per cent off all engagement and/or wedding packages! Have your memories and special events captured by KLIPhouse.

Investors Group offers the membership a Group RRSP. Members have access to an Investors Group Consultant who provides confidential, personalized financial advice covering topics such as retirement planning, saving for a child’s education, tax planning, cash management, and estate planning. Meet with your local Consultant for a complimentary update on your financial plan:
Central and Western Nova Scotia: (902) 468.3444 -- Rose Hopkins or Karen Clements
Eastern Nova Scotia including Cape Breton: (902) 562.5000 -- Ken MacLean, Joanna MacIntyre or John Cashin

Caldwell Roach (902.893.4204) assists members in securing home, auto, and business insurance.

Southport Asset Management (902.446.3900) is pleased to be the Association’s exclusive provider for the following benefits: personal health and dental, company group insurance, travel, and long-term disability benefits.

AIL Insurance (800.589.8181) offers members a free $4,000 Accidental Death Policy and an optional family eye-care program.

Safety Services Nova Scotia (902.454.9621) offers programs at discounted rates such as WHIMS, and driver and first aid training.

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Sydney (902.565.9466) is offering members attending the 2017 Annual General Meeting in Membertou, Cape Breton an exclusive room rate (breakfast and parking included.) See you in September!

Hampton Inn by Hilton - Sydney (902.564.6555) wants you to feel “at home” in one of their beautiful, air-conditioned rooms at the special CANS $119 room rate. Each room features kitchenettes (with refrigerators and microwaves,) wireless internet access, and LCD TVs. The hotel boasts rec, spa, and premium amenities; including indoor pool, waterslide, fitness centre, and a restaurant.

Allan Marshall & Associates (888.371.8900) wants to help relieve members experiencing financial difficulty. Individuals and businesses can contact the company using Client Code 3488-3468 to receive counseling on credit, assets, bankruptcy, and more.

Travel Club by Flight Centre (866.725.5865) offers members personal Travel Consultants with access to the widest range of airfares, tours, cruises, hotels, and holiday packages at the best prices. Also, get $50 off bookings and a quote within 24-hours after inquiries. Use the CANS Member ID "TC0140."

ParkNFly Halifax (902.873.4574) offers members 20 per cent off parking. Whether you are taking a holiday or traveling for work, ParkNFly will save you money anytime you’re in the air! To receive this phenomenal benefit, please print off and present to the ParkNFly booth cashier the CANS Corporate ID Card.

Coldwell Banker- Supercity Realty offers member 20 per cent off your selling commission and 20 per cent buying commission cash back. To receive more information on this exclusive offer, call (902) 450.5752, and visit Coldwell Banker’s website for more information on the company and its services.

Killerclean (902.233.5557) offers members 20 per cent off all services; including residential/business cleaning, car care, and laundry and grocery shopping.

Big Dig Excavating Ltd. (902.237.7278) offers members ten per cent off all services; including excavation, drain installation/repair, demolition, trucking, foundation repair, sodding, and fire/insurance clean-ups.

Discount Car Rental (866.744.0123 ext.836) offers members affordable rental options to get you where you need to go! View the member discount rates and book online with the username: "NSCOSMETOLOGY” and password: “33172.”

Workers Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Individuals working with any type of chemicals are required by law to have WHMIS training. Safety Services Nova Scotia is proud to offer members exclusive discounts.
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3S 1A2
Office: (902) 468.6477
Fax: (902) 468.7147
Toll Free: (800) 765.8757

General Inquiries

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE


Hours of Operation
Closed holidays & Christmas Eve.
Watch for increased hours during December 3 - 31.
8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
Friday 8:30 - 3:00


Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
363 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

Cape Breton Business College
Hair, Esthetics
93 Johnston Street, Sydney

CBBC - Halifax
Hair, Esthetics
1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern College
Makeup Artistry
7067 Chebucto Road, Halifax

Eastern Esthetics
Nail Technology, Hair Removal, Eyelash Enhancements.
19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax

Hair Design Centre
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
278 Lacewood Drive, Halifax
Hair Masters
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
26 Archibald Ave., North Sydney

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

NSCC Annapolis Campus
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton