Dove, the US cosmetics giant, said Tuesday it’s cutting 100 jobs in Toronto, where it has opened several other clinics in recent years.
It also said it’s shut down a clinic on the outskirts of the city.
The announcement comes after a Toronto City Council decision last month to shut down all non-profit clinics in the city that offer cosmetic treatments.
The decision triggered protests by protesters, including one who tried to jump the queue for treatment at a clinic that closed last month.
“Dove is taking these steps to preserve its ability to provide cosmetic care to Canadians at a cost that will allow us to continue operating our clinics and to offer our customers quality, affordable skin care products,” said spokesman Jason Lippman.
“We will not be able to continue to operate this clinic, which will be closed on December 31, 2017.”
The clinic was run by Dove’s dermatologist, John Janssen.
The company said it will close clinics in Ontario and Quebec, as well as other regions.
It’s also closing a Toronto clinic that offers cosmetic treatments for people with skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and psorocytic uveitis.
The closures will not affect the company’s business in Ontario, the company said in a statement.
The Toronto Star reported that the clinic was one of the last remaining in Canada to be open, and had been open since at least the late 1990s.
It’s unclear what services will be offered at the new clinic, but the city said it would offer more than 1,000 services, including a skin care clinic, cosmetic treatment clinics, hair care clinics, and cosmetics.
In a statement to CBC News, Mayor Rob Ford said he was glad Dove had chosen Toronto as the place to close its clinic.
“I’m glad to hear that Dove is closing a location in Toronto,” Ford said.
“As a community, we’ve been fighting to save our skin care clinics from closing.
We need to continue that fight.”
The city has long fought to preserve cosmetic clinics, with some local residents alleging the clinics, once popular in the downtown core, have become more crowded, and more expensive.
A decision by the city to close the clinic could cost the city thousands of dollars in legal fees, and further damage the reputation of the brand, which is owned by the Dutch family that runs the business.