Dental hygienist is a regulated profession in Canada and you have to be a registered member of a provincial or territorial regulatory body to use the title of dental hygienist.
The standards for entry into the profession and for registration of qualified practitioners are set by the regulatory bodies of dental hygienists.
Before you immigrate
There are steps that you can take before you immigrate to improve your chances of practicing your profession in Canada.
- Attend the Know Before You Go Webinar Series to learn more about life in Canada.
- It’s important for you to have a general overview of how your international qualifications may be viewed in Canada and a general sense of the Canadian labour market and workplace culture.
- Contact the appropriate regulatory body of dental hygienists in Canada to enquire about the specific procedure to follow and the potential costs and time required to obtain a permit. Also ask about the steps in the licensing process you can take.
- If you have completed your dental hygienist education in a language other than English and French, contact the regulatory bodies mandated with regulating your profession in the province where you will settle and enquire about any specific language requirements to work as a dental hygienist in Canada. If your professional training was in English or French, they may require you to send confirmation from your training institution that the language of instruction and assessment in your program was English or French.
- You need to have strong English or French (depending on your destination province) language competency and you may be tested. Even if you’re a good speaker of English or French, it’s helpful to improve your language skills and enrol in language classes while you are in your home country and continue them after moving to Canada.
- Assess your language skills by taking an online self-assessment on the Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
- Gather and organize your official education, work and identity documents while still in your home country. Find out what documents you need to bring for employment purposes or to continue education. Verify if any documents need to be translated. You may need to use a professional translation service in Canada.
- Understand how the profession of dental hygienist is practiced in Canada and familiarize yourself with the procedures, laws, and legislation that governs your profession in the province where you’ll settle.
- Know the name of your job in Canada and make a list of potential employers.
- Find out how to get a driver’s license in Canada and apply for it as soon as you land. It will be useful to have when you get a job, or even to search for a job.