MAY 7, 2020 MEDIA ADVISORY
The Beauty Council of Ontario and Eastern Canada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEAUTY COUNCIL FORMED TO REGULATE EDUCATION AND LICENSING IN ONTARIO
BEFORE BEAUTY PERSONAL SERVICE BUSINESSES RE-OPEN
What better time than a Pandemic to revisit processes and laws to ensure that we come out stronger than ever. The Beauty Council of Ontario and Eastern Canada has a lot to say about what changes are needed in Ontario’s Beauty industry. The Beauty Council is comprised of volunteer Members who are Leaders in the Beauty Industry including Private Career College Owners, Beauty Subject Matter Experts, Adult Education Experts as well as Leading Salon Owner Operators, all who are standing in unison for Provincial licensing and training mandates for Beauty Service Providers before the Beauty service industry can re-open amidst the current COVID-19 Pandemic. based on the vast majority of service providers being untrained
THE BEAUTY COUNCIL
In response to the growing concern of self taught Beauty Professionals, unofficial education credentials circulating the industry as well as the lack of regulations and education requirements of Beauty Professionals, The Beauty Council, primarily for Ontario and Eastern Provinces has now been formed.
While Hair Dressing (Cutting and Coloring) is Government regulated in terms of Education, Examination and Work Experience yielding in Provincial Licensing, for far too long, many service providers of Esthetics, Nails, Makeup, Lash and Laser services are operating either as self taught or with certification from unapproved Individuals or Organizations. This not only puts the Public at risk during the service being provided, but also takes away opportunity from Professionals who have successfully completing formal Education at a Registered and Approved Beauty Colleges and Institutes in Ontario. Other Provinces are mandating the need for beauty licensing or formal education, why is Ontario so behind?
Approved Private Career Colleges are heavily regulated in all aspects including the need for Insurances, Bonds and Financial Securities, Program Development Requirements and Expert Assessments, Commercial Space investments including permits and construction, Fire Inspections, Accounting and Audited Financial Costs, Payroll of Qualified Instructors and Staff, Application as well as Renewal Fees and more, yet contradictively, unqualified Individuals are running classes from their basements or hourly rental spaces without consequence or penalty and pumping out Certificates. The public is unaware of the difference and often don’t realize the gap in training, authentification and validity of the credential.
“This gap in the system is unfair to the Public and also to the tens of thousands of Students who invest their time and money in places they believe are legitimate but don’t know any better because there’s nothing stopping someone from advertising the training and printing off a flimsy certificate from their home printer.”
– Says Maria Bucci, an Esthetics Instructor at a Registered Ontario Institute, GLOW College of Artistic Design.
“As Instructors of Private Career Colleges, we are required to meet a criteria that includes extensive training and experiences in order to deliver Ministry Approved content, yet others can be self taught, or new to the industry and enroll Students into unapproved courses for their own financial gain. The emphasis of sanitation and Client care is being compromised in the process, there is a major problem here and we need to do something about it fast, especially before beauty personal service businesses can re-open during this Pandemic.”
The Beauty Council has created a list on their website www.beautycouncilcanada.ca of Approved Education Institutes in Ontario and encourage the public to become aware of them and know the difference between an Approved Educator and one that is far from it.
The Beauty Council is hopeful that the Premier’s office along with Health and Labour Departments will realize the need for effective training of Beauty Service Providers. This is the time to mandate licensing and or minimum education requirements within Ontario’s growing Beauty Industry. When Spas, Nail Salons, Makeup and Lash Studios and Mobile Businesses re-open, there is a major risk because social distancing is not possible for these services and without proper knowledge of sanitation, having untrained service providers work around the eyes, lips and mouth of the public will be a big mistake we can avoid. Let’s hope for the best.
If progress is not made The Beauty Council is counting on the Public to stand and help raise voices by signing necessary petitions at that time. Those in support of the above causes can visit beautycouncilcanada.ca or on Instagram @beautycouncilcanada for more information and to follow the progress of the effort.
Ontario and Eastern Canada