The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Dental hygiene is the 6th largest registered health profession in Canada with 28,495 registered dental hygienists working in a variety of settings, with people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is responsible for the collection and reporting of health workforce information for 30 health professions in Canada – including dental hygienists. Their publications provide a pan-Canadian picture, and provincial/territorial breakdowns of various health professions in Canada. This information is pivotal for health system planning and decision making.

Access the CIHI Health Personnel Provincial Profiles from CIHI’s website here:
https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productSeries.htm?pc=PCC314

Number of Dental Hygienists in Canada, 2013*

Province First year of regulation 2013 2011 2007 2004 % change 2004-2013 As % of national total
Canada   28,495 26,854 20,928 17,563 62  
NL 1969 196 173 107 85 131 <1
PE 1974 85 91 70 50 70 <1
NS 1973 676 664 533 492 37 <1
NB 1950 484 433 330 276 75 <1
QC 1975 5,822 5,457 4,687 3,975 46 20
ON 1951 13,271 12,721 9,658 7,816 70 47
MB 1952 739 676 612 599 23 3
SK 1950 577 550 378 336 72 <1
AB 1990 3,040 2,736 2,017 1,770 72 11
BC 1952 3,533 3,296 2,496 2,127 66 12

* Data provided in this table was published by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Please note that due to the variation in regulatory requirements, interprofessional comparison should be interpreted with caution. For comprehensive profession-specific information, see Methodological Notes in Canada’s Health Care Providers, 1997 to 2011: A Reference Guide, Canada's Health Care Providers: Provincial Profiles, 2013, or contact us at hpdb@cihi.ca.