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College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is the governing body for dental hygienists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a dental hygienist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received49617400517
Applicants who became members55027500582

2013


Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received50020500525
Applicants who became members45416300473

2012


Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received626241010661
Applicants who became members6860600692

2011


Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Dental Hygienists)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received92227730959
Applicants who became members83022740863

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received96521720995
Applicants who became members89313710914

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

Information to Applicants: In December, the CDHO developed a separate application package for applicants who are licensed in other Canadian jurisdictions.

Fees: The fee for the clinical competency evaluation increased from $350 to $500. Graduates of non-accredited dental hygiene programs must successfully complete this evaluation. The fee increase reflected the increased cost of conducting the clinical evaluations due to the increase in the number of candidates.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,0721218301,105
Applicants who became members9299820948

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

The CDHO has proposed changes to its registration regulations to clarify its registration requirements related to past conduct, examinations and acceptable education. One of its proposals is to no longer recognize unaccredited Ontario dental hygiene programs as possible routes to registration. This change would provide applicants with more clarity about the standards required to practise the profession.

As of March 31, 2009, the college was amending its proposed changes to incorporate stakeholders' feedback and some of the OFC's recommendations.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CDHO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received92417120n/a953
Applicants who became members94520101n/a976

n/a = not available

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CDHO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Communicating educational requirements to applicants from non-accredited institutions

    This practice is of interest to regulators who want...

  2. Ensuring impartiality of clinical evaluators

    This practice will interest regulators who wish to...

  3. Ensuring objectivity of clinical evaluators

    This practice will interest regulators who wish to...

  4. Providing a comprehensive registration application checklist

    This practice offers applicants a streamlined checklist...


Quick Facts

Number of Dental Hygienists13,099
Number of Internationally Trained Dental Hygienists717

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2014

Ontario12,021
Other Canadian Provinces361
USA586
Other International131
Unknown0
Total13,099
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)5%

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CDHO for further information about your ability to practise as a dental hygienist in Ontario.