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State Board Listings


IMPORTANT NOTICE.. As of March 13, 2003 MMA "is prohibited for use in manicure products sold in Canada"

Canada PROHIBITS MMA May 2003  (Adobe PDF document)
Canada Report on MMA April 2003  (Adobe PDF document)


Nail Technician: No licensing
Reciprocity: Credit given for education hours must; take exam

Dept. of Advanced Education and Career Development/Apprenticeship and Industry Training
10th Floor, City Centre
10155-102 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L5
(403) 427-4601
Fax (403) 422-5125

British Columbia

Hairdressing students must complete 1500 hours, esthetics students 800 hours

Nail technology students 285 hours. All curriculum hours must be completed in the school.

The Cosmetologists Association of British Columbia'
899 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1E3
Tel: 604-871-0222
Toll Free in BC: 1-800-663-9283
Fax: 604-871-0299
[email protected]


Nail Technician: 600 hours
Reciprocity: Providences and states with equal education requirements reviewed on an individual basis
Home Salon and Mobile Salon allowed.

1010 - 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
Phone: (204) 945-3337
Fax: (204) 948-2539
Toll-Free: 1-877-978-7233 (1-877-97-TRADE)
[email protected]

New Brunswick

Nail Technician: 300 hours
Home Salon allowed

New Brunswick Hairdressers Assn.
Fredericton, NB E3B 3P2
(506) 458-8087 Toll free: (800) 561-8087
Fax: (506) 458-1354


Nail Technician: No licensing
Reciprocity: Applications reviewed individually

Dept. of Education, Industrial Training Division
P0. Box 8700
St. John’s, NF AlB 4J6
(709) 729-2729
Fax: (709) 729-5878
[email protected]

Northwest Territories

Nail Technician: No licensing

Dept of Education, Culture and Employment
Box 1320
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2L9
(403) 920-3422 Fax: (403) 873-0200
[email protected]

Nova Scotia

Hairdressing:1250 hours
Esthetics: 1250 hours
Nail Technician: 250 hours
Home Salon and Mobile Salon allowed

Cosmetology Assn. of Nova Scotia
128 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
(902) 468-6477 Fax: (902) 468-7147


Nail Technician: No licensing


Nail Technician: No licensing
Hair Cutting: Hair stylists/cosmetologists ARE licensed in Ontario. 1500 hours at an accredited school or community college, (practical and theory curriculum) followed by a 2000 hour apprenticeship in a salon, then the provincial licensing exam. All are required to become a hair stylist. 
Esthetics: No licensing

Ministry of Education and Training/Apprenticeship Srvcs.
1-625 Church St
Toronto, ON M7A 2B5
(416) 326-5800 Fax: (416) 326-5799

Prince Edward Island

Nail Technician: No licensing

PEl Hairdressers Assn.
PO Box 984
Charlottetown, PC C1A 7M4
(902) 892-5359


Nail Technician: No information


Nail Technician: No licensing

Dept. of Education/Apprenticeship Div
3085 Albert St., Rm, 226
Regina, SK S4P 3V7 Canada
(306) 787-2444
Fax: (306) 787-5105


Nail Technician: Business license

Government of Yukon, Corporate Affairs
Box 2703
Whitehorse, YKYIA 2C6
(867) 667-5811
Fax: (867) 667-6339




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