For Dentists/Specialists from programs outside Canada

The practice of dentistry is regulated in Canada. In order to practise the profession or use the title of dentist or dental surgeon, you must be licensed as a member with one of the provincial/territorial regulatory bodies.

The Association of Prosthodontists of Canada does not determine or assess credentials, nor does it administer examinations for licensure. The provincial and territorial bodies set the standards for entry into the profession of dentistry and for issuing licenses to those who meet the established standards of qualifications and practice. Once you know where you will settle and work, you should contact the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body for information on licensing procedures in that area.(please see links below)

Many jurisdictions require successful completion of the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) for licensure as a Specialist. This examination is currently administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).

Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC)
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2003
Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 Canada
Phone : 416-512-6571
Fax : 416-512-6468
Email : office@rcdc.ca
http://www.rcdc.ca/

All provincial and territorial regulatory bodies recognize the certificate of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) for licensure as a general dentist. In order to write the NDEB exam, an individual must be a graduate of an accredited program in Canada, the United States of America (USA), New Zealand, Australia or Ireland.

Graduates of general dental programs outside of Canada, USA, NZ, AUS and Ireland must take a two-year qualifying program at an accredited university. (https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/accredited)

For Internationally Trained Dental Specialists who graduated from a non-accredited dental specialist program and intend become eligible for the National Dental Specialty Examination, the first step is to apply to the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) for the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE). Reciprocal agreements for dental specialties programs currently exist with no countries other than the USA. (https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/non-accredited-specialty)

For more information on the NDEB exam and certificate, you may contact:

National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB)
80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa ON  K1P 6R2   Canada
Phone : 613-236-5912
Fax : 613-236-8386
Email : info@ndeb.ca
http://www.ndeb.ca

 

Foreign-trained dentists, regardless of education, licensure, or experience, must obtain a Canadian licence to practise dentistry in Canada. Those who wish to obtain further information about qualifying programs and the Eligibility Examination for enrolling in them should contact the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD):

Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD)
#350, 2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z3   Canada
Phone : (604) 827-1083
Fax : (604) 822-4532
Email : admin@acfd.ca
http://www.acfd.ca/


Once you know where you will settle and work, you should contact the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body for information on licensing procedures in that area.

There is more detailed information on assessment of international qualifications at the following 3 websites:

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
http://www.cicic.ca/684/Dentists_and_Dental_Surgeons.canada?prof=3113

Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD)
http://www.acfd.ca

Royal College of Dentists of Canada
http://www.rcdc.ca/


List of dental regulatory bodies


Alberta

Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC)
8230 - 105th St., Suite 101
Edmonton AB T6E 5H9 Canada
Phone : 780-432-1012
Phone (alternate): 1-800-843-3848
Fax : 780-433-4864
Email : adaadmin@telusplanet.net
http://www.abda.ab.ca/

British Columbia

College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC)
500 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 5C6 Canada
Phone : 604-736-3621
Phone (alternate): 1-800-663-9169
Fax : 604-734-9448
Fax (alternate): 1-866-734-9448
Email : info@cdsbc.org
http://cdsbc.org/

Manitoba

Manitoba Dental Association (MDA)
698 Corydon Avenue, Suite 103
Winnipeg MB R3M 0X9 Canada
Phone : 204-988-5300
Fax : 204-988-5310
Email : office@manitobadentist.ca
http://www.manitobadentist.ca/

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS)
P.O. Box 488, Stn. A
520 King Street, Suite 820
Fredericton NB E3B 4Z9 Canada
Phone : 506-452-8575
Fax : 506-452-1872
Email : nbds@nb.aibn.com
http://www.nbdental.com/

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Board (NLDB)
139 Water Street, 6th Flr.
St. John's NL A1C 1B2 Canada
Phone : 709-579-2391
Fax : 709-579-2392
Email : nldb@nf.aibn.com

Northwest Territories

Professional Licensing, Department of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320, CST-8
Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9 Canada
Phone : 867-920-8058
Fax : 867-873-0484
Email : samantha_vangenne@gov.nt.ca
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/professional-licensing/dentists

Nova Scotia

Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia (PDBNS)
1559 Brunswick St., Suite 102
Halifax NS B3J 2G1 Canada
Phone : 902-420-0083
Fax : 902-492-0301
Email : info@pdbns.ca
http://www.pdbns.ca/

Nunavut

Professional Licensing, Department of Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 390
Kugluktuk NU X0B 0E0 Canada
Phone : 867-982-7672
Phone (alternate): 867-982-7668
Fax : 867-982-3256
Fax (alternate): 867-982-7640
Email : hssnunavutregistrar@gov.nu.ca

Ontario

Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO)
6 Crescent Road
Toronto ON M4W 1T1 Canada
Phone : 416-961-6555
Phone (alternate): 1-800-565-4591
Fax : 416-961-5814
Email : info@rcdso.org
http://www.rcdso.org/

Quebec

Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ)
625, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
15e étage
Montréal QC H3B 1R2 Canada
Phone : 514-875-8511
Phone (alternate): 1-800-361-4887
Fax : 514-393-9248
Email : dsp@odq.qc.ca
http://www.odq.qc.ca/

Saskatchewan

College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS)
728 Spadina Cres. E., Suite 202
Saskatoon SK S7K 4H7 Canada
Phone : (306) 244-5072
Fax : (306) 244-2476
Email : cdss@saskdentists.com
http://www.saskdentists.com/

Yukon

Professional Licensing, Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703, (C-5)
Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6 Canada
Phone : 867-667-5111
Fax : 867-667-3609
Email : consumer@gov.yk.ca
http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/dental/index.html

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