Tattooing and body piercing is not a regulated profession in Ontario. Licensing does not exist to ensure that individuals and business are safe, competent and knowledgeable.
Despite some locations claiming to be "Health Department Approved", Niagara Region Public Health does not issue approvals, certifications or licences. We only inspect the premises to ensure they meet health regulations.
The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care passed amendments to the Health Protection and Promotion Act, which includes the following provision:
18.1 (1) No person shall sell, offer for sale or provide any of the following:
As of May 1, 2018, no person, other than a regulated health professional, can sell, offer for sale or provide eye tattooing or implant eye jewellery.
It is an offence to provide scleral tattooing or implantation of eye jewellery under the conjunctiva.
Some tattoo and piercing businesses that operate in homes or other locations have never been inspected by Public Health.
To ensure that you are receiving service from a Public Health inspected premise, ask the business owner/operator to show you their last Personal Services Settings Inspection Report.
You can also contact Public Health at 905-688-8248 ext. 7269 or 1-888-505-6074 to determine if or when a premise was inspected.
Any time the skin is broken there could be health risks. Specific risks from unclean tattoo and piercing equipment include:
Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended before getting a tattoo or piercing.
Experienced tattoo and body piercing artists will be willing to show you how they are lowering the risk of infection. Credible artists will also take the time to answer any questions you may have.
There are many things you can look into at your chosen tattoo and piercing studio, including:
It's also imporant to ensure that you and the artist are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some drugs can cause bleeding, interfere with healing and impair judgment.