NSRBA | 902-830-7499 – Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association


COVID 19 UPDATE April 27th

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, restrictions are returning to Nova Scotia. All Barbershops will be closed in the whole province until further notice. No exceptions!



It is mandatory in all barbershops to wear masks at all times including our customers to help prevent the spread of the corona virus.

Important, Back to Work Guidelines

This is the back to work guidelines. From time to time the government will make changes to these rules as needed. There are many helpful ideas and rules for everyone to get back to work. http://www.nsbarbers.ca/covid19-back-to-work/ 

All Barbershops can perform shaving, mustache and beard trims as long as the barber wears a non medical face mask and shield together.

There are posters and fact sheets on the government site https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/resources/

Stay safe everyone


 All Certificates expire on December 31 2020 and must be renewed by December 15, 2020


For anyone who is renewing their certificate after February 29th, there will be a late fee of $25.00

For instant online renewal of your Barbers or Master Barber membership click here

 Barber Shop Certificate Instant online Registration   click here

 We are now streamlining the site and including an automated renewal and registration system with PayPal.




The Nova Scotia Government is now accepting applications for positions on the Barbers Act Board of Examiners. The duty of the board is to conduct examinations for persons seeking a Certificate of Registration as a qualified and certified barber, able to practice barbering in Nova Scotia. The Board meets at least twice a year to examine candidates. All applicants must have practised the trade of barbering for at least ten years. For more information, please visit the Nova Scotia Government’s, Executive Council Office ABC website, https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/ for more information on the Board and to apply. In order to apply, individuals must create an online profile and apply to the Barber’s Act Board of Examiners.

ABC Application Process:
The basic application is process is as follows:
1. Go to the website (https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/) and click
2. Create an online profile – there are options for uploading résumés and individuals should provide an answer to all questions posed to them in the
profile. Once the profile is created, individuals can apply to any ABC they wish.
3. Apply for the ‘Barbers Act Board of Examiners’ through their application link (https://novascotia.ca/apps/abc/ABCs-Online/Login.aspx)
The website also has the contact information for the Executive Council Office (ECO) should individuals run into trouble:
Email: executive.council@novascotia.ca
Phone: 902-424-4877 or toll-free 1-866-206-6844
This is the basic application process and the contact information for help if anyone is struggling with applying.
This link provides information on the process for how appointments are made and does provide a rough sketch of the timelines.
You can find a list of the profiles for all ABCs here:
ABC Profile and Selection Criteria
Apply to this ABC
ABC: Barbers Act Board of Examiners
Department: Labour & Advanced Education
Objectives: The Board of Examiners will examine such persons as from time to time apply to be examined and registered as
apprentices or barbers pursuant to this Act. The Board of Examiners shall have the power to examine such candidates,
and upon their report to the Council that any candidate has passed the prescribed examinations, the Registrar shall sign
and issue the requisite certificate.
ABC Type: Non-Adjudicative
Composition: There shall be a Board of Examiners, consisting of five persons, of whom three shall be appointed by the Minister of
Labour and Advanced Education of the Province and two by the Council of the Association.
Available Position Types: The following positions are currently vacant, or will become vacant in the next year.
Remuneration: Examiners are reimbursed by the Association for expenses incurred in the normal performance of their duties (section
28, Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association By-laws).
Term: 3 years
Meeting Location: Board meetings take place at various locations throughout the province.
Meeting Frequency: The Board of Examiners shall meet at least twice in every year for the purpose of examining candidates for registration
pursuant to this Act.
ABC Contact: Lisa MacDonald
Contact Email: Lisa.M.MacDonald@novascotia.ca
Governing Statute/
Registered Barbers Act
Statutory Requirements: The members appointed by the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education must have practised the trade of barbering
for at least ten years prior to this appointment.
Other Requirements:
Required Nominations/
Recommendations: N/A
Ineligible Persons: A practicing barber with less then ten years of experience.



As the membership is aware we are in dire need up updating our legislation. Our Association needs the Barbers of Nova Scotia to unite and work forward to the development of the industry.

One of the things that we are working on is our Occupational Standard, which you can find under the Policies heading, it is a rough draft of what it is supposed to be. We are looking for your opinions and criticisms to help develop the standard. If there is anything at all that you think we should add or just your opinion, please feel free to send an email to president@nsbarbers.ca This is just one step towards making our association what it is meant to be.

If you have any questions about registration or the status of an application please contact our Registrar Milva Marcattili registrar@nsbarbers.ca



The Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association was established in 1942. It is the governing body that regulates the practices of the Professional Barbers, Barber Apprentices, Barber Students, Barber Shops and Barber Schools.

Our Primary focus is to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

The Association qualifies and licenses Individuals and businesses. It Establishes and enforces Administrative Rules and Laws, and provides information so the Public may make informed decisions.

The Association also serves to foster growth and support in the barbering industry in Nova Scotia.  News, events and information.


The Nova Scotia Registered Barbers’ Association Act was implemented in 1942. We are working on updating the act. If you would like to review the act you can click  here for more information.



If you are interested in applying for a registered barber license or apprentice barber license click here for more information.


Brian Smith – President
Myles Augustine – Vice President
Randy Wells – Secretary
          Milva Marcattili – Registrar               Paola Marcattili – Treasurer
David Lyle – Director
Dave Cormier – Director

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