05/26/2015 05:56 EDT | Updated 05/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Outaouais hairdressers will set own prices, opening hours after 81-year wait

Hairdressers in western Quebec will soon be able to set their own prices and decide opening hours after an 81-year-old law is officially abolished.

The law, only in effect in the Outaouais region, has enforced a minimum price, specific opening hours, hairdresser salaries, as well as annual leave and sick leave.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Quebec Labour Minister Sam Hamad said a bill would be filed in the Quebec National Assembly to amend 12 decrees, including the hairdresser law.

Hamad said there would now be a "free market" for hairdressers.

When the bill is passed, hairdressers will be able to open on Sundays and stay open later than 6 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday. That was forbidden under the old protocol.

The Outaouais region was Quebec's last to have such an order for hairdressers.