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ODHA is pleased to announce the spousal exception regulation under the Dental Hygiene Act has passed – a true victory for the dental hygiene profession! ODHA advocated for this change continuously with the Ontario government and the association would like to thank Minister Christine Elliott, Minister Steve Clark, and MPP Jane McKenna for their assistance and hard work keeping this important issue before the Provincial Legislative Assembly.

It’s ODHA’s mandate to advocate for legislative changes to the Ontario government. Your ODHA membership made a difference. Together, your voice and the voice of other member dental hygienists, strengthened ODHA’s efforts resulting in this victory. We did it together. You have kept your voice where it matters and it is moving the profession forward in Ontario.

With each step, ODHA has watched this regulation move through the legislative process, advocating every step of the way. The ODHA team knew this day was coming and have been preparing. The team has created a document including articles from ODHA’s legal counsel, Julia Martin, LL.B, and ODHA Executive Director Margaret Carter. This document breaks down what the new regulation means to practising dental hygienists in Ontario, including clarifying the legal definition of a spouse. ODHA members can read the document here.

ODHA’s advocacy efforts continue as we provide the voice on other issues important to Ontario dental hygienists. 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. But for today, the ODHA team is celebrating this spousal exception victory with you!

Let’s keep moving the profession in Ontario forward, together – Purchase ODHA membership

ODHA President Carrie Vondrau, RRDH, is pleased to share this exciting news on this momentous occasion.