CDHA's reports provide information on education, research, and human resources pertaining to the dental hygiene profession.

Baccalaureate Competencies

CDHA is proud to announce the release of the Canadian Competencies for Baccalaureate Dental Hygiene Programs, 2015. Baccalaureate dental hygiene education is a critical step along the pathway from diploma to doctoral programs within Canada and internationally. It supports a continuum of education for the dental hygiene profession, and it is now important to establish a standard for such education in Canada.


Educators' Survey Report 2014

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association conducted its second national survey to identify trends and inform future directions for dental hygiene education in Canada. The findings of this survey help CDHA to determine how to best support educators in their careers and encourage their participation in policy issues affecting dental hygiene educators, students and practitioners. The results of this survey will be used to explore professional development opportunities, including continuing education, information sharing, and networking.

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ETP Competencies & Standards for Canadian Dental Hygienists

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The development of this document was a collaborative project involving the major stakeholders responsible for the profession; Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulatory Authorities (FDHRA), Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC), National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) and dental hygiene educators. All provincial dental hygiene regulatory authorities have agreed in principle to adopt and implement the new competencies and standards document. French version

Questions & Answers

The Q&A’s answers common questions to aid in the implementation of the ETPCS.


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Pathways to Support the Oral Health of Canadians: The CDHA Dental Hygiene Education Agenda

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The CDHA Education Agenda explores variables that influence the dental hygiene profession and impact the educational needs of dental hygienists as they strive to promote the oral health of Canadians. This document calls for increased access to bachelor degree programs, complemented by master, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies that allow dental hygienists to use and expand their growing body of knowledge.

CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey

Every two years, CDHA conducts a dental hygiene Job Market & Employment Survey to gauge employment trends in Canada and generate statistics on all aspects of the profession.

The survey is sent to dental hygienists across the country. It includes questions about salary rates, employment benefits, workplace injuries, and practice environment.

Whether you are interviewing for a new job, negotiating an employment contract or preparing for your first job interview, the CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey is a valuable source of information.

CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey 2013

Whether you are interviewing for a new job or renegotiating your current employment contract, the CDHA Job Market and Employment Survey is a must read.

Key highlights:

  • Average hourly wage of dental hygienists has risen since the 2011 survey
  • 92% of dental hygienists work in clinical dental hygiene and 72% work for a single employer

Challenges We Face:

  • Canada-wide unemployment rate for dental hygienists is 3.5%, approximately one-half of the national average
  • Younger, less experienced dental hygienists are more likely to report an hourly salary increase
  • 67% of dental hygienists have no written contracts with employers, however this is a 6% improvement over 2011

The Future:

  • Two-thirds of dental hygienists in independent practice reported high levels of satisfaction with this career choice
  • 86% respondents plan to practice 2 or more years in the profession

, and are available free to CDHA members.Interested non-members may purchase for a fee of $99.
Note: Government agencies or public organizations may request a copy of the report by contacting .

To encourage participation in the survey, gift cards were offered as incentives. The following dental hygienists are our winners:

  • National winner – Dalia Petrulis
  • New Brunswick – Anne Caissie
  • Manitoba – Monica Groth
  • PEI – Amber Mason
  • British Columbia - Darlene Sissau



Professional Whitening: Giving your clients the whiter smile they’ve been dreaming of

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In 2014, CDHA partnered with Philips to survey dental hygienists and the public to determine both groups’ perceptions of and experiences with teeth whitening. This White Paper, prepared by Philips, discusses some of the survey findings and provides guidance for assessing clients for whitening.

Dental Hygiene at a Crossroads: Knowledge Creation and Capacity Building in the 21st Century

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This CDHA research document leads the way in building a strong research culture and broadening the knowledge base within the dental hygiene profession. It outlines opportunities for knowledge creation and research capacity building, which will result in the evidence base for high-quality, effective, and efficient dental hygiene services.