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 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.

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

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



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 #209, Moncton, NB, E1C 6B5

Tel: 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 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 hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

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:

National Dental Hygiene Certification Board
PO Box 58006, Orleans ON K1C 7H4, Canada
Tel: +1 613 837 2727
Fax: +1 613 837 6971

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.