Ontario is home to one of Canada’s largest film and movie industries. Therefore, there is lots of interest in beauty and keeping up-to-date with hair and makeup. It’s also one of Canada’s most prosperous provinces, so there is money for luxury and frequent visits to a stylist. Ontario is a great place to set up shop as a hairstylist. You are bound to get a solid education with the many good hairdressing schools throughout the province. You can even start with a beauty program in high school.

Ottawa skyline
Ottawa skyline by Óðinn [CC BY-SA 2.5 ca]

Getting Your Hairdressing License in ON

In Ontario the cosmetology profession is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. Actually cosmetologists are called hairstylists in Ontario.

To become a licensed/certified hairstylist you need to get a Interprovincial ‘Red Seal’ certificate. This requires you to first become an apprentice. Preparing to become an apprentice can be done through Ontario schools by first getting a diploma. After that your school can help to get a placement with a salon.

So, if you take a two-year program at Algonquin College you will be prepared to enter the workforce as an apprentice. To complete your apprenticeship you will require 2,000 hours of on-the-job training after graduating from your chosen beauty school or college. At that point you will be ready to prepare to take the licensing exams.

It is a long process but during your time as an apprentice you will be earning a wage and becoming very confident in your skills.

In Ontario you can start the training and certification process in Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie, etc. Get started by going through our list of schools below to find a location and institution that suits you.

Beautician or Hairdresser Employment in Ontario

Getting a job in the Ontario beauty industry should not be too hard! There is lots of demand for worker which is part of why hairdressing is a good career choice.

What’s more there are lots of different paths you can take and many different salaries depending on your aptitudes and desires. To find out what the choice is like out there try ontario.ca/page/jobs-and-employment.

… so how much does cosmetology/hair school cost anyway, and how will you pay for it, and generally speaking just how long will the training take?

Some Hairstyling Schools in Ontario

Academy of Aesthetics – Sudbury

Academy/Academie Inc. – Pembroke

Beauty Design – Windsor

Canadian Aesthetic Academy – Brampton

Canadian Aesthetic Academy – North York

Canadian Aesthetic Academy – Toronto

Canadian Aesthetic Academy – Mississauga

Cappa School of Professional Hairstyling Inc. – St. Catharines

First Canada Cosmetician & Hair Design Academy – Scarborough

Salon + Spa Career College – Toronto

Vienna Academy of Arts & Sciences – Ottawa

Vienna Academy of Arts & Sciences – Toronto

We also have pages those wishing to find info about nail technicians, estheticians, barbers and makeup artists training in Ontario.
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Some School Websites:

Any Ontario cosmetology & hair schools missing from this list? Please let us know.