COVID 19 Beauty Industry Economical Impact - Canada

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Sick Leave or a Federal Plan for the Cosmetology Industry for Salon & Spa Owners and Independent Cosmetologist 

We are being told we need to be social distancing and it has impacted many industries. My industry is a high risk for economical disaster, not for the employees who have access to sick leave benefits but for  all salon/spa owners, independent aestheticians, cosmetologists, nail technicians, massage therapist, stylist and more.

Many licensed cosmetology workers are self-employed, and rely on clients to book appointments to produce revenue to pay both business and personal bills. How are we expected to survive through what’s happening beyond our control if there’s no financial plan in place to help protect us such as a sick leave so we as well can make the right decision to close and social distance. I as well as many others are experiencing cancelations from clients. Some of us have even been impacted by school and daycare closures and this is just the beginning. We as independent beauty industry workers have no paid time off, sick leave for self-employment, or can justify financially to close our business for minimum 2 weeks while we try to social distance. Beauty services are not “essential” to survive and the impact of clients social distancing is going to create a struggle and we may need to remain open because we have no other resources, or have to permanently close our business, potential bankruptcy I’m sure might even be something that some may have to consider. Our industry is close contact with our clients, we are exposed to airborne transmission with every possible client that comes into our business. We also often deal with those who have traveled or plan to travel and this puts us at high risk for catching or carrying COVID-19, and then passing it on to an entire clientele prior to showing any signs or symptoms.

The need for financial assistance/approved sick leave in order for us to implement social distancing and this is needed immediately for those who do not work as paid employees and not eligible for regular EI sick leave benefits. 

I am hoping this will help get us the financially resources we need and reach the powers that be so we can properly social distance to keep our communities and families safe. It will also save the beauty industry from economical disaster.


Ashley McDavid

Salon Owner and Licensed Aesthetician 

Riverview, New Brunswick