The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Dental hygiene is the 6th largest registered health profession in Canada with 30,219 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, 2019

Province 2019 (%) 2018 (%) 2017 (%) 2016 (%) 2013 2011 2007 2004
Canada 30,219 29,251 29,549 29,246 28,495 26,854 20,928 17,563
NL 233 (<1) 220 (<1) 221 (<1) 215 (<1) 196 173 107 85
PE 95 (<1) 92 (<1) 89 (<1) 85 91 70 50
NS 749 (2.5) 713 (2.4) 736 (2.5) 677 (2.3) 676 664 533 492
NB 517 (1.7) 508 (1.7) 508 (1.7) 489 (1.7) 484 433 330 276
QC 6,712 (22.2) 6,571 (22.5) 6,472 (21.9) 6,317 (21.6) 5,822 5,457 4,687 3,975
ON 13,694 (45.3) 12,903 (44.1) 13,150 (44.5) 13,084 (44.7) 13,271 12,721 9,658 7,816
MB 773 (2.6) 758 (2.6) 740 (2.5) 718 (2.5) 739 676 612 599
SK 663 (2.3) 644 (2.2) 623 (2.1) 577 550 378 336
AB 3,279 (10.9) 3,250 (11.1) 3,176 (10.7) 3,129 (10.7) 3,040 2,736 2,017 1,770
BC 4,172 (13.8) 3,486 (12) 3,748 (12.7) 3,811 (13) 3,533 3,296 2,496 2,127
Territories 90 (<1) 84 (<1) 62 (<1) 83 (<1) 72

Notes:
— Data is not applicable, does not exist or is not reported due to data quality concerns.
Source:Canadian Institute for Health Information. Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2015 to 2019 — Data Tables. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2020.
Refer to these methodology notes to better understand the data sources, definitions, strengths and limitations of data in Canada’s Health Care Providers.