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The general entry requirements to practice dental hygiene in Canada are graduation from an accredited dental hygiene programme in a post-secondary educational institution.
Dental hygiene is a self regulated profession in most Canadian provinces and registration is a provincial responsibility. To protect public interest, provincial legislation confers powers to the profession to regulate the practice of dental hygiene. A certificate of registration to practice is issued only to those who meet established standards of qualification and practice.
Persons eligible for dental hygiene registration must have graduated from a dental hygiene program Graduates of Dentistry programs are not eligible for dental hygiene registration.
Dental hygienists are regulated provincially. Listed below are licensing bodies for each province.
College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia
645 Fort Street, Suite 219, Victoria, BC V8W 1G2
Tel: +1 250 383 4101 • Fax: +1 250 383 4144 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM)
109-420 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2N9
Tel: 204-219-2678 • Fax: 204-219-2679 • E-Mail: email@example.com
Registrar, Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals
Suite 121, 510 Topsail Road, St. John's NL A1E 2C2
Tel: (709) 745-7304 or 1-855-863-8616 • Fax: (709) 745-0877 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dept. of Health and Social Services, Government of NWT
Box 1320, Centre Square Tower, 8th Floor, Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2L9
Tel: +1 867 920 8058 • Fax: +1 867 873 0484 • Email: Jeanette-Hall@gov.nt.ca
College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
69 Bloor Street East, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4W 1A9
Tel: +1 416 961 6234 • Fax: +1 416 961 6028 • Email: email@example.com
Prince Edward Island Dental Council
184 Belvedere Avenue, Charlottetown, PE C1A 2Z1
Tel/Fax: +1 902 892 4470
Ordre des hygiènistes dentaires du Québec
1290 rue St-Denis, bureau 300, Montréal, QC H2X 3J7
Tel: +1 514 284 7639 • Fax: +1 514 284 3147 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Association
PO Box 32039, RPO Victoria Square, Regina, SK S4N 7L2
Tel: +1 306 721 7342 • Fax: +1 306 721 1583 • Email: email@example.com
National Health and Welfare Department
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories Y1A 2C6
Tel: +1 867 667 5111 • Fax: +1 867 667 3609 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dental hygienists are regulated provincially. Consequently, prospective immigrants are advised to contact the licensing/regulatory board of the jurisdiction where they intend to practice, in order to ascertain specific entry requirements.
The Canadian Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.
English and French, depending on the province of residence and practice. Proficiency in speaking and writing both languages, depending on the usage in the area is generally a requirement.
All dental hygiene graduates applying to dental hygiene regulatory authorities for registration in Canada must have first successfully completed the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE).
Graduates from foreign 2 year dental hygiene programs, recognized in the country of graduation, may apply and pay the evaluation fee to the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) to have academic qualifications assessed for eligibility to sit the NDHCE. Only applicants who have successfully fulfilled the academic requirements, as determined by the NDHCB, may write the NDHCE.
The NDHCE consists of a written examination offered three times a year in several different cities across Canada only. Eligible applicants must submit an examination application and pay an examination fee to the NDHCB.
Upon successful completion of the examination and any additional requirements of individual provinces, applicants are eligible to apply for registration in their preferred province. Applicants are responsible for all fees associated with the credentialling and licensing processes.
Applicants whose curriculum vitae and supporting documents are not in either of Canada's two official languages must provide certified translations of the same. For information on the complete list of documents required for review, contact:
Although future demand for preventive oral health services is likely to increase as the population ages, the employment outlook for dental hygienists will remain limited, due to ongoing fiscal health policy and current oversupply of practitioners.
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|Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male||21,000 / 500|
|Number of Dentists||19,000|
|Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year||32 / 1400|
|Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time||16,000 / 5,000|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector||85% / 15%|
|Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators||500|
|Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants||200|
|Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings||250|