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Provincial and Territorial Regulators

Regulators look after public interest by ensuring that all those who practise dental hygiene are competent to do so.

Regulatory authorities authorize individuals to practise. They are responsible for setting entry-to-practice requirements such as education, examinations and good character. Once an individual is registered (licensed) by the regulator, she or he may call her or himself a dental hygienist, may practise dental hygiene within that regulator’s jurisdiction, and must adhere to the rules, regulations and standards of practice set by the regulator.

The regulator is also responsible for ensuring the continuing competence of all dental hygienists it registers. Any complaints about dental hygienists are investigated and handled by the regulator.

Dental hygienists pay an annual registration (licensing) fee to the regulator.

It is illegal for a person to practise dental hygiene in a province or territory in which they are not registered.

Regulators take action against unregistered persons who pretend to be dental hygienists or who provide dental hygiene services.

For more information on registration requirements in each province or territory contact the Provincial/Territorial Regulatory Body of interest:

Alberta - Alberta College of Dental Hygienists (ACDH)

British Columbia - British Columbia College of Oral Health Providers (BCCOHP)

Manitoba - College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM)

For information on the profession, professional development, employment, and advocacy for the profession, contact:

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA)
1122 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y7
Telephone: 613-224-5515
Toll Free: 1-800-267-5235
Fax: 613-224-7283


Territory Acknowledgement

The FDHRC™ office stands on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have had a special, reciprocal relationship with this territory since time immemorial, and this relationship continues today. The FDHRC™ recognizes without qualification the inherent lands and territory rights of the Algonquin peoples as articulated in Section 35 of the Constitution Act of Canada 1982, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is enshrined in various legislation in what is now commonly called Canada. 

See the FDHRC’s™ full territory acknowledgement here.