The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Dental hygiene is the 6th largest registered health profession in Canada with 29,549 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:
http://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Number of Dental Hygienists in Canada, 2017*

Province 2017 (%) 2016 (%) 2013 2011 2007 2004
Canada 29,549 29,246 28,495 26,854 20,928 17,563
NL 221 (<1) 215 (<1) 196 173 107 85
PE 92 (<1) 89 (<1) 85 91 70 50
NS 736 (2.5) 677 (2.3) 676 664 533 492
NB 508 (1.7) 489 (1.7) 484 433 330 276
QC 6,472 (21.9) 6,317 (21.6) 5,822 5,457 4,687 3,975
ON 13,150 (44.5) 13,084 (44.7) 13,271 12,721 9,658 7,816
MB 740 (2.5) 718 (2.5) 739 676 612 599
SK 644 (2.2) 623 (2.1) 577 550 378 336
AB 3,176 (10.7) 3,129 (10.7) 3,040 2,736 2,017 1,770
BC 3,748 (12.7) 3,811 (13) 3,533 3,296 2,496 2,127
Territories 62 (<1) 83 (<1) 72

* 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 Health Workforce Database, 2016, Methodology Guide, or contact CIHI at hhr@cihi.ca.