Supply Data on Dental Hygienists in Canada

The Canadian Institute for Health Information collects supply and demographic data on 30 different groups of health care professionals, including dental hygienists. This information can be used to help plan for a sustainable and equitable health workforce.

The latest supply data reveals that dental hygiene is the 6th largest registered health profession in Canada with 30,461 registered dental hygienists.

Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information. Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2016 to 2020 – Data Tables and Methodology Notes.

Supply Trends: Dental Hygienists in Canada

Province 2020 (%) 2019 (%) 2018 (%) 2017 (%) 2016 (%)
Canada 30,461 30,219 29,251 29,549 29,246
NL 233 (<1) 220 (<1) 221 (<1) 215 (<1)
PE 122 (<1) 95 (<1) 92 (<1) 89 (<1)
NS 770 (2.5) 749 (2.5) 713 (2.4) 736 (2.5) 677 (2.3)
NB 536 (1.8) 517 (1.7) 508 (1.7) 508 (1.7) 489 (1.7)
QC 6,699 (22.0) 6,712 (22.2) 6,571 (22.5) 6,472 (21.9) 6,317 (21.6)
ON 13,500 (44.3) 13,694 (45.3) 12,903 (44.1) 13,150 (44.5) 13,084 (44.7)
MB 802 (2.6) 773 (2.6) 758 (2.6) 740 (2.5) 718 (2.5)
SK 701 (2.3) 663 (2.3) 644 (2.2) 623 (2.1)
AB 3,330 (10.9) 3,279 (10.9) 3,250 (11.1) 3,176 (10.7) 3,129 (10.7)
BC 3,945 (13.0) 4,172 (13.8) 3,486 (12) 3,748 (12.7) 3,811 (13)
Territories 56 (<1) 90 (<1) 84 (<1) 62 (<1) 83 (<1)

Notes:
1. — Data is not applicable, does not exist or is not reported due to data quality concerns.
2. % represents proportion of Canadian total.
3. 2020 data for territories reflects a combination of 2 territories for which data were reported.