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Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) is the governing body for dental surgeons and dentists 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 surgeon or dentist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received11661581670402
Applicants who became members11661571660400

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12151681030 343
Applicants who became members1215168103 343

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Dental Surgeons)

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1295967990354
Applicants who became members1295966980352

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1056545890304
Applicants who became members1056545890304

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Assessments: The RCDSO worked on a national process to streamline the assessment of internationally trained general dentists. Starting in spring 2010, dentists trained outside Canada have two routes to get their licences. The first is to complete the existing two-year program. The second (new) path is to prove competency through a series of examinations and assessments, ending in a national examination.

The new path will take approximately one year, but it requires only a few weeks over the one-year period. The cost will be considerably less than the two-year program.

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 RCDSO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1105543540262
Applicants who became members1105543540262

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received
Applicants who became members1084951760284

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During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the RCDSO 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 Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Being open to external assessment of governance

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  2. Ensuring clear processes to communicate with applicants

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  3. Exploring and developing new mutual recognition agreements

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  4. Including professional insurance in membership fees

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Quick Facts

 
Number of Dental Surgeons9,156
Number of Internationally Trained Dental Surgeons2,740

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


Location of Training, 2013

 
Ontario5,165
Other Canadian Provinces1,251
USA997
Other International1,743
Unknown0
Total9,156
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)30%

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons 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 RCDSO for further information about your ability to practise as a dental surgeon or dentist in Ontario.

Action

In 2013, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario asked to have its performance reviewed against the Standards of Good Regulation, developed by the United Kingdom's Professional Standards Authority. This proactive, independent assessment of how the college compares to regulators in other countries helps hold it accountable to the public.

July 2013