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As a member of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, you have access to exclusive discounts, savings, and added value from many third-party benefactors. The Cosmetology Association is pleased to partner with the following businesses:

The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia provides education for licence upgrading and/or professional development, oftentimes at no cost to members. Please visit Professional Development for more information and upcoming classes. 


Caldwell Roach (902.893.4204) Assists members in securing home, auto, and business insurance.  Are you a salon or spa owner?  Caldwell Roach provides coverage for professional liability, business interruption, employee belongings, employer liability, crime, and much more.  Customized packages are available to accommodate insurance needs - from the largest salons and spas to small one-chair operations.

Genrus United 1-833-436-7878. In collaboration with Genrus United, the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia is bringing you access to a broader virtual health care model. Once activated, your Genrus United membership unlocks exclusive prescription drug savings, access to 24/7 virtual health care, the ability to get referrals, bloodwork, prescription renewals, etc. Genrus United is available to everyone, regardless of their health or financial situation. On average, members save $392 per year on prescriptions for chronic health conditions, mental health, and birth control. For more information, visit 

La Capitale (1.800.835.9203) specializes in providing income replacement to the skilled workforce of Canada. Products include Disability & Hospital Insurance, Life & Health Insurance, Savings & Investments, and Travel Insurance. We will customize a personalized plan that meets your needs and your budget.

Medavie Blue Cross provides members with a $10,000 Life Insurance Policy that is now automatically included in your Association membership. Licenses must be active and fees must be up-to-date at the time of death. For more information or to obtain a beneficiary designation form, please contact the Cosmetology Association directly at (902) 468-6477. Click Summary of Coverage Booklet for detailed information. You are encouraged to fill out Benefit Designation Form and send it to

Southport Benefit Solutions  (902.446.3900) As a member of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, you will have the option to enroll in a new health benefits program designed specifically for our members. This affordable, comprehensive health plan is being administered and supported in partnership with Southport Benefit Solutions and Victor Canada. Canada’s largest not-for-profit health insurance company, Green Shield Canada is the insurance provider.
To learn more, please click on the Health and Dental Plan Overview or contact the team at Southport Benefit Solutions a call at 1(877)446-5763 or email They’d be happy to help. Read more in Frequently Asked Questions about Health & Dental Plan  

Business Support

Advocate Printing  (1.800.236.9526) or email or Advocate helps clients grow, operate, communicate, and showcase their organizations. With a diverse range of clients, spanning from small business boutique operations, start-up entrepreneurs to large national corporations, Advocate is Atlantic Canada’s largest full service printing company. Products available include the printing of business/appointment cards, gift certificates, brochures, bi-fold menus, tri-folds, postcards, letterhead, interior and exterior signage, custom signs and displays plus banners. Advocate Printing and Publishing is pleased to support the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia members with the following offer: 10% off pre-tax price for all orders under $500.00. 15% off pre-tax price for all orders over $500.00. View product guide - new partner alert rates in effect for 2024.

ABW Consulting - A Better Workplace   (
902. 499.8832) or Whether it is safety, quality, process improvements, or workplace culture, they can guide you to success. Their team has spent many years working with companies from all industries helping them navigate all aspects of business so they could have A Better Workplace. CANS members receive 10% off all OHS services and Training. - discount in effect until December 31, 2024
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Eclipse Media Inc. (902.443.3244) Do you need a great look and a superior online presence? Eclipse Media Inc will assist with building a professional website for including hosting. We offer all CANS MEMBERS 15% off all web services.  Eclipse Media can provide Members with an easy-to-navigate website that can include Content Pages like About Us or your Deals & Specials, along with a Gallery, Social Media links, Testimonials, a Contact Us form, access to Google Maps, & Secure Cloud Hosting on our Cloud Server. We also offer affordable SEO packages. In today's world, it is necessary to have an easy to use, yet sophisticated looking website. They can help you Design Your Face for the World!  -discount in effect to December 31, 2024

FlagShip (1.866.320.8383)  At FlagShip we have a strong commitment to providing online discount shipping solutions that help small and medium-sized businesses save time and money on their shipping. Whether your business ships domestically, cross-border or internationally, we can help. Our proprietary online shipping system makes it easy to compare discounted courier rates, choose your preferred courier and service, all in one place – save up to 70% on shipping! Our customers can take advantage of personalized, superior customer service, e-commerce integration and a hassle-free shipping experience. We are a proud authorized reseller of Purolator, UPS, FedEx, GLS, Canpar and DHL. We've created a personalized signup portal for cosmetology members to access added savings and bonuses. Click here -> - new partner alert!  discount in effect to December 31, 2024

Investors Group Offers the membership a Group RRSP. Members have access to an Investors Group consultant who will provide confidential, personalized financial advice covering topics such as retirement planning, saving for a child’s education, tax planning, cash management, and estate planning.  Contact Investors Group today to meet with a local consultant and receive exemplary advice regarding 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

H&R Block (1.800.472.5625) Try H&R Block for the first time & save 20%. Existing clients get 10% off. From a simple return to a complex one, H&R Block’s trained Tax Experts will help you get the biggest refund. To redeem, show a valid coupon to your Tax Expert, and both you and your spouse will save. You can use the coupon in the office or online with our Remote Tax Experts, just click and print.  - special discount in effect for 2024

Paystone is the preferred provider of merchant services for the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia and offers Paystone_Partnership for accepting digital payments. Paystone will match you with a solution that will help lower your operational costs, save you thousands annually, and enhance the customer experience. For a home salon or an independent service provider, terminals can start out at $15 per month. For more information, please contact Paystone directly. For a look at Paystone's catalog, click here
Salon S.O.S. (1.833.SALON.SOS; 1.833.725.6676) - Digital marketing solutions dedicated exclusively to the salon industry.  We provide SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE and IMPACTFUL digital marketing solutions to help you grow your salon or spa business.  *Customized salon apps with built-in loyalty points and client push notifications *Website creation AND maintenance to keep your site fresh and up to date *Google SEO help to get your salon to the top of Google searches *Social Media Management.  We also host an industry-leading podcast called The Salon Scoop and a FREE Marketing Academy for salons on YouTube //" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;"> Check out all the amazing support for your salon here CANS members get their 1st month free on any service (when signing up for an annual package).  - prices in effect until March 2025.

SNAP Business Solutions (902.452.0423) Looking to simplify your systems and processes? Want to spend more time working on your business and not in it? Then SNAP Business Solutions can help. From building business strategies and goals, customizing all your HR documents and processes, providing business-building workshops for staff and management, to developing and improving your online presence, owner Jocelyn Melanson is an excellent choice for all your small business needs. Members receive a 10% savings on consulting fees, business templates, and workshops. Email for a complimentary needs assessment. - special rates valid for 2024

Travel & Entertainment

Atlantica Hotel - Halifax (902.423.1161) Whether you’re looking for family holiday accommodations, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing home away from home for your business trip in Halifax, the perfect room is waiting for you at the Atlantica Hotel. It is a pleasure to present CANS Members with a preferred booking rates. Please click here for more information. rates in effect to December 30, 2024

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Halifax 
(800.565.1263) Located in downtown Halifax with the added value and comfort of more space. Extra-roomy suites and the fast and friendly service of their upscale hotel keep you feeling at home in the City. Rates are as follows: January 1, 2024-March 31, 2024- $143.00, April 1, 2024-October 31, 2024-$178.00, November 1, 2024-December 31, 2024- $143.00. Rates are for our Studio rooms of one queen bed or two queen beds.
To book, please visit Cambridge Suite's website (under ADD CODE, select Corporate Rate, and type in CANS), or contact directly at the number provided.  Proof of licence is required on check-in. - rates are valid until December 31, 2024

Cambridge Suites Hotel - Sydney (800.565.9466) Perfectly located in the heart of the downtown waterfront district in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cambridge Suites Hotel provides an extra measure of comfort during business trips, a leisurely vacation, or an extended stay. They are pleased to provide the Association's members a corporate rate of $159 plus tax for our standard room and one-bedroom suite.  This would include parking as well.
Use booking code CANS for online bookings. Proof of licence is required on check-in. - rates are valid until December 31, 2024.

Coastal Inn Halifax  (902.450.3020) Coastal Inn Halifax, Nova Scotia, is conveniently located in the Bayers Lake Business Park. When traveling on business or with family, Coastal Inn Halifax (Bayers Lake) offers the perfect blend of casual charm and the comforts of home. Included are as follows: Complimentary continental “plus” breakfast, Free local phone calls, Free coffee & tea 24 hrs. a day, Free DVD movies, In-door pool/exercise room, Outdoor enclosed patio, Guest Room Voice Mail, Free parking, Guest Coin Operated Laundry, FREE wireless access. For seasonal preferred rates to CANS members, please click here. - rates are valid until December 31, 2024

Comfort Hotel Bayers Lake (902.405.4555) Stay at one of the best hotels in Halifax, NS, when you stay at Comfort Hotel Bayer's Lake. Our hotel is a Platinum Hospitality Award winner and is best suited for both leisure and business travelers. We offer cosmetology members a preferred rate by season. This rate includes a hot breakfast service, WiFi, and parking. Please click here for rates. - rates in effect until February 28, 2025

Future Inn Halifax  (902.443.4333) is conveniently located in Clayton Park West, just 20 minutes from downtown Halifax and adjacent to Bayers Lake shopping district and the Cosmetology Association. The Future Inn offers all members preferred rates as follows: Traditional Rooms $124.00 Suites $159.00. All Rates include a hot served to order breakfast for 1 at the Redwood Grill, complimentary high-speed internet access, local telephone calls, parking, shoe shines, evening popcorn, snow removal from vehicles in the winter, and much more! - rates are valid until December 31, 2024.

Halifax Tower Hotel & Conference Centre (902.444.3700) One of the newest boutique hotels in Halifax, the Halifax Tower Hotel & Conference Centre in Bayer's Lake offers the perfect combination of luxury, sophistication and style. Featuring over a hundred guest rooms and suites, with exceptional décor and amenities, business and leisure travelers can spoil themselves in one of the newest boutique hotels in Halifax. We are pleased to provide Members of CANS with special rates by season. Learn more by clicking here. Contact the number provided to reserve. - new partner alert! rates in effect until Feb 28. 2025

Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney (902-564-6555) Get comfy in our Sydney hotel, five minutes off Highway 125. Membertou Trade & Convention Centre is steps away, home to Kiju restaurant—mention us for a discount. We're five minutes from the city's waterfront attractions. Start the day with free hot breakfast and enjoy our free WiFi, indoor pool and waterslide, and fitness center. CANS Members receive a discounted rate of $134 per night. - rates in effect to December 31, 2024

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Truro (902-843-4343) We're off Highway 102, within 10 minutes of Truro Business Park, the natural woodland at Victoria Park, and downtown Truro. On Saturdays, enjoy food, crafts, flowers, and music at the Farmer's Market in Civic Square. There's also a multi-screen cinema less than a kilometer from our door. Enjoy daily free hot breakfast, free WiFi, and our indoor pool. CANS Members receive the following preferred rates: $119 rate for (Jan 1st - Jun 30th / Sep 1st - Dec 31st ) and $129 for (Jul 1st - Aug 31st). - rates in effect to December 31, 2024.

Old Orchard Inn Resort & Spa 1-800-561-8090. Located in Nova Scotia’s scenic Annapolis Valley, the Old Orchard Inn Resort & Spa features 100 well-appointed air-conditioned rooms, each designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and coffee machines, all while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. CANS Members enjoy 10% off best available rate for a standard room. -new partner alert! Rates in effect to December 31, 2024.

Park'N Fly - Halifax (902.873.4574) Offers members 20% off parking nationwide. Whether you are taking a holiday or traveling for work, Park'N Fly will save you money anytime you are in the air!  To access and view the Association's corporate rates online, please click here. Call the Association office to receive a Discount Code before you book or check out. This savings can be used in all major Park'N Fly locations across Canada. - rates in effect for 2024
Super 8 by Wyndham Amherst
1-902-660-8888 Just off Trans-Canadian Highway 104 at Exit 4 on Ancestral Drive, our pet-friendly Super 8 by Wyndham Amherst hotel offers amenities to help you refuel like free breakfast and WiFi as well as an indoor pool with a waterslide. We're close to exciting area attractions like Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the Cumberland County Museum & Archives, and the Anne Murray Centre. While here, you can go shopping at Amherst Centre—located just minutes away. CANS Members enjoy the following preferred rates. Jan1 - May 31 and Nov 15 - Dec 31 $138, June 1 - Nov 14 $168. new partner alert! rates in effect until December 31, 2024 

The Rodd Grand 1-800-565-RODD (7633 )No matter the season, Atlantic Canada holds a little something special for everyone. With 7 Rodd hotels and resorts located throughout Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, we invite you to discover why we are the preferred place to stay in Atlantic Canada. Cosmetology Members receive special booking rates at all locations. Click here for sprecial rates . - new partner alert! rates in effect until December 31, 2024

The Simon Hotel Sydney Formerly Cambridge Suites(1-800-565-9466) Nestled on the Sydney waterfront on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, we command a remarkable view of the harbour. We are your contemporary, cozy home away from home as you explore our Island for fun or for business. Cosmetology Members enjoy a special rate of $159 per night for a standard room and one bedroom suite (includes parking) From all of us at The Simon Hotel Sydney, we promise to make your stay with us simply unforgettable. Must present member card and member number to book. new partner alert! rates in effect until December 31, 2024

Tru by Hilton Yarmouth  902-881-8787 We offer a brand-new hotel experience that is vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart. It’s energetic, but it’s relaxing and comfortable. It’s familiar, and it’s also unexpected. It’s uniquely Tru. Rooms are modern and efficiently designed to make every square foot count, with natural light from oversized windows, a mobile desk, top-rate in-room entertainment and large all-shower bathrooms with premium bath amenities. CANS Members receive preferred rates as folllows: Standard Room (single/double) Jan 1 to June 14 = $119, June 15 to Sept 14 = $139, and Sept 15 to Dec 31 = $119. - new partner alert! rates in effect to December 31, 2024.

Household & Personal
Ascendo Fitness - Sydney (902.270.7747) Offers members a 20% savings on a yearly membership that includes all access and a full schedule of classes. Healthy choices and friendly support for the community is their mission. Ascendo Fitness is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Photo ID as proof of licensure with the Association will be required when signing up for membership

Big Dig Excavating Ltd. (902.237.7278) Offers members 10% off all services, including excavation, drain installation and/or repair, demolition, trucking, foundation repair, sodding, and fire/insurance clean-ups.

Coldwell Banker - Supercity Realty Offers a 20% discount on a member's selling commission and 20% buying commission cashback. To receive more information on this exclusive offer, call (902.450.5752) or visit Coldwell Banker’s website for more information on the company and its services.

Elizabeth Fougere RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) - (1-782-882-1518) Offers members a 10% discount on 1-hour Massage Therapy Treatments and retail products. Elizabeth is an independent Massage Therapist located in Dartmouth. Trained in Swedish Massage, Cronic Pain, and Aromatherapy, Elizabeth applies a variety of techniques to bring health to injured muscles, ligaments, and bones. A valid CANS licence must be presented at the time of booking. Provides direct billing to most major insurance companies. - special savings valid to December 31, 2024
Goodlife Fitness Corporate Membership - As a member of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, Goodlife Fitness is pleased to offer preferred membership pricing (20% off any membershipwith access to over 250 Goodlife Fitness Clubs across Canada. Included with your corporate membership are the following benefits: Waived enrollment fee exclusive to corporate partners (regular fee $99+tax) • Corporate rate may be extended to two family members • State-of-the-art cardio equipment • Free weights and weight machines • Showers available • World-renowned Group Fitness classes (select memberships only) • Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals •  24-hour locations (select Clubs only) - renewed for 2024
Click here for more details. Please visit to sign up! 

Rentokil Terminix - Offering CANS Members 15% off of any service. Chosen for their technical expertise, innovation, and passion for excellent service, Rentikil Terminix has been providing pest control solutions for homes and businesses in Atlantic Canada since 1962. They offer comprehensive pest management solutions to include pest control, bed bug management, odor management, drain line services, bird deterrent and wildlife solutions.Call for a free quote at 1-800-561-2304  or  (Our Local contacts). - new partner alert! discount in effect to February 15, 2025.

Cosmetology Association (NS)
128 Chain Lake Drive
Beechville, NS  B3S 1A2

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:00
Thursday 8:30 - 4:00
Friday 8:30 - 3:00

*Holiday or Weather closures/cancellations will be noted in the Calendar.
Office: (902) 468-6477
Fax: (902) 468-7147
Toll Free: (800) 765-8757

General Inquiries

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE 


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