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OPHA Launches Online Mentoring Program in Conjunction with Ontario’s Skills Development Fund

MEDIA RELEASE July 25, 2022 - Toronto, ON   The Ontario Professional Hairstylist Association, OPHA ( has been awarded funding to support Mentors and Apprentices in the...

  • July 27, 2021:  Ontario’s hair school standards still ignore Black hair four years after work began to include it

  • June 24, 2021:  Summary of Measures: Step 2 of the Road Map to Reopen

  • June 24, 2021:  Hair Salons are being unfairly punished by
    Ontario’s Reopening Policy

  • June 23, 2021:  CBC Live Interview with Board Member:
    Salons in Ontario could  open ahead of schedule
    under Stage 2

  • June 1, 2021:  CFIB – Open Letter to Hon. Doug Ford, MP

  • May 7, 2021:  Announcement – OPHA participation with Phase 2 Consultation with Skilled Trades Panel

  • april 29, 2021:  Open Mic panel session: Coping in a Post Pandemic World on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021:

    – at 3:00pm EST on Zoom
  • april 20, 2021:  Tuesday, April 27th, 2021:

    – at 3:00pm EST on Zoom
    – at 7:00pm EST on Zoom

  • april 19, 2021:  The Hairstylist Empowerment Podcast w/
    Natasha Wood, hosted by Brad Poirier

  • april 12, 2021:  The Hairstylist Empowerment Podcast w/
    Penny Wood, hosted by Brad Poirier

  • march 26, 2021:  Refinery29 -Why can’t hair salons just open?

  • march 25, 2021:  Press Release – OPHA ask Doug Ford to
    show data justifying salon closures

  • january 28, 2021:  Ontario Hair Salons
    want Ontario to allow them to reopen amid lockdown

  • january 27, 2021:  Public Information session on Monday,
    February 1st, 2021 at 7:00pm EST on Zoom

  • january 25, 2021:  Ontario Helping Apprentices Cover Living Expenses during Training

  • january 22, 2021:  Ottawa CityNews -Ottawa hair stylist
    advocating for government funding, a reopening
    plan for her industry


    Click here for full audio:Link


  • january 15, 2021:  Application Now Open for Ontario’s
    Small Business Support Grant

  • December 29, 2021:  :Hairstylist
    Association President Says They Are Unfairly Grouped
    in Shutdown

  • november 9, 2021:  OPHA submits a written submission to
    the Skilled Trade Panel providing input on the
    principles guiding the new services delivery model

  • October 9, 2021:  Federal government announces direct
    rent relief for businesses hurt by COVID-19

  • October 7, 2021:  Ontario Supports Small Main Street
    Businesses with $60 Million in Funding through PPE

Resources / links

List of Public Health Units

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (cerb) –  extended

Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (cews) –  extended

Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (cecra)