In 1997, a group of forward thinking spa professionals saw great potential for spas in Canada to compete with the best in the world.
This group, with additional support from spas, spa supply companies, and a school, recognized the need for a strong, national organization to guide and support the industry.
On October 18, 2000, Leading Spas of Canada was incorporated as a not for profit corporation. In the absence of national regulation, and to level the playing field globally, these founding members and sponsors laboured diligently to develop the policies and bylaws required to operate a not-for-profit association. Volunteers served on the Board of Directors and committees, and conducted the affairs of the organization. They identified Standards and Practices, Code of Ethics and other membership criteria that members today must continue to meet or exceed.
In 2004, the association commenced operating under the trademark name, Leading Spas of Canada, which has been, and continues to be, the public persona of our organization.
The next step forward
In 2009, a talented and dedicated group of members developed a first-of-its-kind, national Quality Assurance program. This unique program is a method for verifying that the quality and integrity of the services and practices provided by spas.
Today, we are the only national spa industry association in Canada. We represent the broad spectrum of the spa experience, from hotel, resort and day spas, destination, Nordic, mineral spring and thermal spas to medical spas. In addition, we represent resource partners, educational institutions, individual professionals and students. Our members adhere to the highest standards and practices related to service, hygiene and safety, and many elect to go one step further and participate in our exclusive, third-party verified Quality Assurance program.
Our members are passionate about ensuring that spa customers in Canada experience the finest treatments in the world in a safe and hygienic environment, delivered by properly trained professionals, using high quality products.