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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 offering you a free six-month trial of this prescription savings program. Once activated, your Genrus United membership unlocks exclusive prescription drug savings from any Genrus United pharmacy partner. 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 www.genrusunited.ca 
Claim Your Free 6 Month Membership Now. 

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 (effective as of February 1, 2020, or upon the date of approved 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 info@nscosmetology.ca

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 andrew@southportasset.com. 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 kevincolborne@advocateprinting.com or lisawhittle@advocateprinting.com. 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 2023.

ABW Consulting - A Better Workplace   (
902. 499.8832) or inquiry@abetterworkplace.ca. 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, 2023
View Flyer for Member Benefit Description

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, 2023

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 -> www.flagshipcompany.com/en/cosmetology-ns. - new partner alert!  discount in effect to December 31, 2023

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.
www.hrblock.ca/halifax-special-offer-52351/  - special discount in effect for 2023

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
Safety Services Nova Scotia (902.454.9621 is proud to offer CANS members and thier families exclusive discounts on programs at discounted rates, such as  Drivers Ed, Motorcycle training, First Aid training and WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).  Individuals working with any type of chemicals are required by law to possess up-to-date WHMIS training. - renewed for 2023 

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 www.salonsos.ca/salon-scoop-podcast-links and a FREE Marketing Academy for salons on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@salon.s.o.s. Check out all the amazing support for your salon here www.salonsos.ca
CANS members get their 1st month free on any service (when signing up for an annual package).  - new partner alert! - prices in effect until March 2024.

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 businesses needs. Members receive a 10% savings on consulting fees, business templates, and workshops. Email jocelyn@snapbusinesssolutions.ca for a complimentary needs assessment. - special rates valid for 2023

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 rate as follows: Low Season (Jan, April, Nov, Dec) $169 Mid Season (May, June, Oct, Nov) $199, and High Season (July, Aug) $249. These are for Silver Room categories. Special pricing is available for Gold Room categories as well.  Booking Link - rated in effect to Feb 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-March $139.00, April –October $175.00, November –December $139.00. 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, 2023

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 rate of $139 plus tax for both a standard room and/or a one-bedroom suite. This rate includes a complimentary buffet breakfast and free parking. Use booking code CANS for online bookings. Proof of licence is required on check-in.

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. All rooms and suites feature voice mail, microwave, Keurig Coffee Maker, mini fridge, iron, ironing board, 42” TV’s (an extra 32” TV in the bedroom of the two room suite) DVD player and hairdryer. Coastal Inn Halifax offers a preferred rate of $129 plus tax (includes continental breakfast) for all cosmetology members. (certain conditions apply). - rates are valid until December 31, 2023

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 24, 2024

Four Points by Sheraton (902.423.4444) Located between Hollis Street & Spring Garden Road in the heart of downtown Halifax, Four Points by Sheraton is just one block from the waterfront and within walking distance of Citadel Hill and the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. Four Points by Sheraton Halifax is pleased to partner with the Cosmetology Association to offering members a 15% discount off the regular price of any room. - rates are valid until December 31, 2023. 

Future Inn (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 at $119 plus tax. This includes a hot plated breakfast, free wifi, and free parking. Restaurant hours may vary due to COVID-19. Please inquire when booking. The room rate will be adjusted based on this. - rates are valid until December 31, 2023.

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. 2024

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Truro - (902.564.6555) The Hampton Inn by Hilton wants you to feel “at home” when visiting one of their beautiful, air-conditioned rooms, at a special Association member rate of $119 plus tax. Each room features a kitchenette (with refrigerator and microwave), wireless internet access, and an LCD TV. The Hampton Inn boasts a rec, spa, and premium amenities, including an indoor pool, waterslide, fitness center, and restaurant. - rates in effect to June 2023

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 2023

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, 2023

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 2023
Click here for more details. Please visit  https://corporate.goodlifefitness.com to sign up!

Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, 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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