The Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA) supports member dental hygienists in Ontario. ODHA has and continues to advocate with the Government of Ontario to change the law as outlined in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) by passing a “spousal exception” regulation under the Dental Hygiene Act. Until the Government of Ontario agrees to this change, it is against the law for dental hygienists to treat their spouse. Until there is a regulation in place, ODHA will also continue to advise dental hygienists in Ontario to practice in compliance with the law to preserve their ability to practice in Ontario.
Spousal exception update – June 17, 2020
ODHA has been continually advocating to the provincial government for Ontario dental hygienists and there has been some positive movement related to the spousal exception regulation. Dental hygienists are still not allowed to provide oral health care to spouses or those with whom they have an intimate relationship. However, the regulation has moved one step closer, and ODHA remains cautiously optimistic and hopeful of eventual approval of the regulation. ODHA will continue to provide the voice for Ontario dental hygienists to the provincial government where health profession legislation decisions are made.
ODHA meeting with MPP – November 22, 2019
On Friday, November 22, 2019, Margaret Carter, ODHA Executive Director met with Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, to review key issues important to Ontario dental hygienists and discuss steps to progressively keep them before the Ontario Legislative Assembly until regulations are passed.
ODHA is continually advocating for you at the provincial legislative level on important issues like pushing a spousal exception regulation forward and increasing your scope of practice. This includes advocating for the administration of local anesthesia, ability to take radiographs and adding to the drug list dental hygienists are able to prescribe.
Spousal exception update – October 15, 2019
Margaret Carter, ODHA Executive Director, met with the Honourable Steve Clark to discuss potential next steps to push a spousal exception regulation forward for dental hygienists in Ontario. In 2013, Minister Clark introduced Bill 70 as a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and worked collaboratively with the ODA and all three parties of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to ensure support and passage of his legislation allowing regulated health professionals in Ontario to treat their spouses, subject to regulatory college approval. ODHA has and will continue to meet with Ontario Government Ministers, officials and MPPs of all political stripes to advocate for Ontario dental hygienists until a regulation is passed granting spouses the ability to choose the dental hygienist of their preference, including their spouse.