The licensing of dental hygiene practitioners
in Canada is a provincial and territorial responsibility,
and each jurisdiction has different requirements. This page
will provide you with a brief overview of jurisdictional variances
in and a link to contacts for each province and territory.
In Canada, responsibility for the licensure
or registration for dental hygiene practice rests with the
provincial or territorial dental hygiene regulatory authorities.
A license, certificate or permit issued by one jurisdiction
is applicable only within the geographic confines of that
Requirements for licensure or registration
as a dental hygienist vary among Canadian dental hygiene regulatory
authorities. Those variations may include differences in educational
requirements, clinical competencies, continuing education
requirements, language competencies, and written and/or clinical
The NDHCE is intended to fulfill the written
examination requirement. However, requirement of the NDHCB
Certificate for licensure or registration is completely at
the discretion of each provincial or territorial dental hygiene
regulatory authority. Dental hygiene regulatory authorities
in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario,
and Saskatchewan require the NDHCB Certificate as one requirement
for licensure or registration.
Please contact the provincial or territorial
dental hygiene regulatory authority directly, for information
on licensure or registration requirements in their jurisdiction.
Click here to access
the Dental Hygiene Regulatory Authorities.
Please note that it is your individual responsibility
to find out the specific requirements for licensure or registration
of the province in which you wish to practice.
Dental Hygiene is a regulated health service
profession with a unique body of knowledge, distinct expertise,
recognized standards of practice and a Code of Ethics. The
theory and practice of Dental Hygiene includes preventive
oral health and health promotion interventions. Dental Hygiene
practice is a collaborative relationship in which the dental
hygienist works with the client, other health care professionals
and society in general to achieve and maintain optimal oral
health as an integral part of well-being. The Dental Hygiene
process utilizes a systems approach to services which includes
assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Dental
Hygiene practice encompasses the key responsibilities of clinical
therapy, health promotion, education, administration, change
agent and research, in a variety of settings. The management
of dental hygiene care must ensure protection of the public
and a high quality of care through appropriate education,
certification, and licensure or registration of the dental