Responses to Key Issues - 2019

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Be a Voice for Change in Ontario to Enact Spousal Exemption

Send a letter to your Ontario Member of provincial Parliament (MPP) now to urge immediate approval of the Regulated Health Professions Act exemption on spousal treatment for dental hygienists in Ontario. The province’s dentists have been exempt since 2014. Click here to use a template letter to MPPs representing your riding in Ontario.

Filling the Gap 2019

Following our Filling the Gap position paper in 2017 (read here), CDHA was awarded a grant to develop a new oral health curriculum to reintroduce dental therapy training into postsecondary education programs. This education and skill development will equip graduates with the skills to prevent oral disease, as well as alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering.

Working with key stakeholders, the Canadian Competencies for a Baccalaureate Oral Health Practitioner: Combining Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Education was developed. This report outlines the core and service competencies of the Oral Health Practitioner, as well as the proposed educational models. To read the full report, click here.

Federal Budget 2019

Each year, CDHA prepares a pre-budget submission to the Finance Committee during the consultation period. For budget 2019, CDHA recommended the federal government continue to expand and enhance policy and programming that would improve access to oral healthcare for seniors and those living in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

On Tuesday March 19, 2019, Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, tabled the 2019 federal budget entitled: Investing in the Middle Class. CDHA has prepared a summary of the key aspects of the budget focusing on oral health care and how they affect the profession. It is available here.