Information to work in this country is available from

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
1122 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2Y7

Tel: +1 613 224 5515

Fax: +1 613 224 7283



Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

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 all 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.

Official licensing body in the country

Dental hygienists are regulated provincially. Listed below are licensing bodies for each province.


The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
302, 8675 — 51 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 6A8

Tel: +1 780 465 1756

Fax: +1 780 440 0544



British Columbia

British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals (BCCOHP)

110 – 1765 8th Ave WVancouver, BC V6J 5C6

Phone: 672-202-0448Toll free within Canada: 1-888-202-0448


College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM)
109-420 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2N9

Tel: 204-219-2678

Fax: 204-219-2679


New Brunswick

College of Dental Hygienists (NBCDH)

120 rue High Street Suite #209Moncton, NB, E1C 6B5

Phone: 1-506-872-3133



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



Northwest Territories

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


Nova Scotia

College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia
26 – 2625 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax, NS, B3L 4G4

Tel: 902-444-7241

Fax: 902-444-7242




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


Prince Edward Island

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



Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Association
PO Box 32039, RPO Victoria Square, Regina, SK S4N 7L2

Tel: +1 306 721 7342

Fax: +1 306 721 1583


Yukon Territories

National Health and Welfare Department
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories Y1A 2C6

Tel: +1 867 667 5111

Fax: +1 867 667 3609


Special conditions that may apply for dental hygienists that obtain employment

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.

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

The Canadian Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.

Main local and/or official language(s)

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.

Are dental hygienists licensed or certified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

Dental hygiene professionals who received their dental hygiene degree/diploma from a non-accredited educational institution[i] and who wish to practice their profession in Canada must first apply for a formal equivalency assessment of their education and professional credentials (if applicable) by the FDHRC. They should also contact the regulatory college in the province where they plan to work, to determine all licensure/regulatory requirements.

Note: The equivalency assessment process is different in the province of Québec. Applicants planning to work in this province should contact l’Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec.

In general, the steps to qualification for employment as a registered dental hygienist in Canada for internationally educated dental hygienists are as follows:

  • Granting of Equivalency Assessment
  • Successful Completion of Examination(s)
  • Demonstration of Language Proficiency
  • Occupational Training and Upgrading (if necessary)
  • Application for Registration/Licensure with the provincial regulatory body

For information on the complete list of documents required for review, contact:

Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulators of Canada
75-B Colonnade Rd
Ottawa, ON K2E 0A8
Tel: +1 613 260 8156
Fax: +1 613 260 8511 (mail to:

Information on the local working environment

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.

Links to related web sites:

Country Statistics

Total Population35,000,000
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male21,000 / 500
Number of Dentists19,000
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year32 / 1400
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time16,000 / 5,000
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector85% / 15%
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators500
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants200
Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings250

Information based on data received by IFDH in:


NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country’s relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.