ODHA Website > Post > Spousal exception update: Advocacy in action

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.