Here is a quick list of beauty services and their status in terms of regulation in Ontario with further info on each below.

Regulated Beauty Services in Ontario, Canada:

Regulated Trade Skills in Ontario, Canada

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists must register with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) after their professional training. CMTO is the primary regulatory organisation that sets standard regulations for massage therapists.

Graduates who are not registered by CMTO won’t be allowed to practice in the province and use the titles “massage therapist” and “registered massage therapist”. There are also registration laws for graduates who finished training from any province in Canada or outside the country. CMTO assesses graduates’ educational background if they can proceed with the registration.

For more registration information, check out this link:



In Ontario, hairstylists and barbers are the only compulsory trade skills. This means that each student must take and complete an apprenticeship program facilitated by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. Upon training completion, the student is given a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

From here, they need to take a certifying exam that allows them to earn the Certificate of Qualification. With this certificate, they can work as a professional hairstylist or barber in Ontario.

More information is discussed in Skilled Trades Ontario, an agency created by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development that offers apprenticeship programs and certifications:


Non-Regulated Trade Skills in Ontario, Canada

Nail Care Technician

Nail care technicians are not regulated in Ontario, but completing professional training is important to get hired fast, start a home nail salon or offer mobile services.

Beauty programs include on-the-job training, so students can guarantee real work experience while undergoing training. Nail care technicians are also expected to follow the proper infection control practices set by the local government.

Both in-person and online classes are ideal for learning professional skills in nails.

Lash Artist

There are no regulations for lash artists in Ontario, but to increase professional credibility, they can become a member of the National Association of Lash Artists. This group is a recognised non-governmental and international organisation that sets regulatory guidelines for lash techs in many countries around the world.

Check out more information about them here:


Waxing Technician

Like many trade skills in Ontario, becoming a waxing technician doesn’t have strict regulations as well. Getting a professional course is key to starting a career in waxing.


Facialists or skincare specialists are also not regulated in the province. Ontario has no educational requirements for becoming a facial expert. Online education from international beauty schools is acceptable.

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning in Ontario doesn’t have regulations yet. International online training for spray tanning is acceptable for interested individuals.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists don’t need licenses in Ontario. However, professional training is still essential for the success of the profession. One thing important about being a makeup artist is to understand the safety and hygienic guidelines set by the local government. Check out more details here: