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City of Mississauga to license businesses: body piercing, tattooing, hairdressing, barbering

Dec 11, 2013

Today Council approved amendments to the City's Business Licensing By-law 1-06 to license personal services businesses such as body piercing, tattooing, hairdressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure and other services.

"The City of Mississauga received a request from the Region of Peel’s Medical Officer of Health to license personal services businesses,” said Mickey Frost, director, Enforcement. “The licensing requirements will be enforced in co-operation with Peel Public Health staff to help reduce the risk of infections and blood-borne diseases from these services.”

Personal services businesses are businesses where aesthetic services such as body piercing, tattooing, hairdressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure and other services are provided, where there is a risk of exposure to blood.

Frost explains, Peel Public Health inspects these businesses, as required by the province’s Public Health Standards.  The Region of Peel is only able to do these inspections if businesses can be identified. Licensing of personal services businesses will assist with identification. 

For more information read the corporate report Amendments to the Business Licensing By-law 1-06, as amended, to require licensing of Personal Services Settings

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure. 

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