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Cosmetics Alliance Canada

What does Cosmetics Alliance Canada do?

Established in 1928, Cosmetics Alliance Canada is regarded by consumers, retailers, government, media and the public as the leading voice of the personal care products industry in Canada.

Cosmetics Alliance Canada and its members promote:

  • Growth and sustainability of the personal care products industry in Canada
  • Consumer safety through the manufacturing and marketing of safe and effective products
  • Public confidence by serving as a reliable and accessible resource for information, education and accreditation related to the safety and quality of personal care products
  • Science based regulations that are effective, efficient and facilitate international trade through alignment and coordination between jurisdictions
  • Compliance with applicable regulations and standards
  • Environmental responsibility through the sound management of ingredients used in personal care products and responsible disposal and recycling of waste
  • Social responsibility through the support of the Look Good Feel Better and Facing Cancer Together programs
  • International cooperation with other personal care products associations on matters of shared interest

Who are Cosmetics Alliance Canada Members?

Our member companies are the leading companies in the cosmetics and personal care products industry in Canada and encompass 80-90% of the industry. They also represent a large portion of the approximately $9.5 billion in cosmetics and personal care products that are purchased in retail stores annually in Canada.

Is Cosmetics Alliance Canada a government organization?

Although we work very closely with the Government of Canada,Cosmetics Alliance Canada is not a government organization and does not receive any government funding. We are the leading Canadian trade association for the cosmetics and personal care products industry and are funded solely by our member companies.

Are there other cosmetics and personal care products associations worldwide?

There are associations representing the cosmetics and personal care products industry worldwide. Cosmetics Alliance Canada works very closely with these associations to assist in aligning our regulatory processes internationally, which helps to ensure the safety of products imported into Canada.

We work closely with the following personal care products industry trade associations:

How do I contact companies who make cosmetics and personal care products?

Cosmetics Alliance Canada member companies are listed on our website. You can click on each company’s name to visit their individual websites for specific product information.

As a consumer, why should I support this industry?

The products supplied by our industry are of a great benefit to consumers and play an important role in maintaining a daily personal hygiene routine and sense of well-being. It is important to remember that the personal care products industry is not only colour cosmetics, but includes a wide variety of products including shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, sunscreen, antiperspirants, acne creams and nail polish.

Cosmetics Alliance Canada member companies are at the forefront of advanced product innovation and development. They are responsive to growing and emerging science and the evolving demands of the Canadian and global marketplace.

I would like to manufacture my own products or import products into Canada. How do I get started?

Personal care products in Canada are regulated by Health Canada and they must adhere to the Food and Drugs Act, Cosmetic Regulations, Drug Regulations, NHP Regulations, Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, Consumer Packaging and Laballing Regulations, Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the New Substances Notification regulations of CEPA. There are other federal and provincial regulatory instruments which may also influence personal care products.

Please visit Health Canada’s Cosmetics site for more information on personal care products

Please visit the Department of Justice site for copies of the applicable Federal Acts and regulations above.

Look Good Feel Better

This question relates to the charitable organization called Look Good Feel Better

Can you tell me more about Look Good Feel Better and its activities?

Look Good Feel Better® and programs provide vital support, information, and resources to women with cancer and those who love and support them. Cancer is often a life-long journey, and in recent years, a growing focus has been placed on person-centered treatment that cares for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Cosmetics Alliance Canada and its member companies are proud to help support this growing movement – raising both funds and awareness to address the need for greater psycho-social cancer support.


1. Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is like a makeover for the spirit. The free 2-hour workshops provide a safe and supportive environment where women with cancer come together to learn ways to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance. At Look Good Feel Better, the belief is that if a woman with cancer can be helped to look good, chances are she’ll feel better, her spirits will be lifted and she will be able to face cancer with greater confidence. The Look Good Feel Better workshops are led by industry-trained cosmetic advisors who teach women how to use makeup and hair alternatives to help them look and feel more like themselves again. And beyond the therapeutic effects of looking good, a Look Good Feel Better workshop experience helps women realize they are not alone on their journey.

Here’s what some of our LGFB Alumni have to say about their workshop experiences.

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2. is designed to be a companion program to Look Good Feel Better. is an online community where women with cancer and their supporters can gather to talk about the many things they experience on their cancer journey, such as changes to their bodies, the challenges of meeting family responsibilities throughout treatment, financial concerns or strategies to help a loved one who has been diagnosed — very simply, it’s a place for women and those who love and support them, to discuss ‘everything else’ they’re going through with cancer. We’ve learned that it’s crucial for those facing the cancer journey to be able to share, confide and connect, and this new site provides an avenue to make those connections. It’s an important first step in ensuring that no woman has to face cancer alone.

Meet our bloggers and join the conversation at – where everyone gathers to talk about what’s on their mind.

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