Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
The above mentioned regulation was filed on July 10, 2014. The regulation was filed as O. Reg. 140/14. The regulation will be published on e-laws on July 14, 2014 and will be published in the Ontario Gazette on July 26, 2014.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
December 23, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
College Introduction

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 23 health regulatory colleges governing 25 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.

Under the RHPA and the Dentistry Act, 1991, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) is responsible for governing the profession of dentistry in Ontario. Under these Acts, the RCDSO has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including whether a dentist may have his/her spouse as a patient. All College regulations are subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.


Recently, the Ontario Legislature passed legislation that allows each health regulatory college to determine for their respective professions whether it would be permissible to have a patient who is also the member's spouse and to make a regulation permitting a member to have his or her spouse as a patient ("spousal patient").

The proposed regulation would permit a dentist to have his/her spouse as a patient by providing for a "spousal patient" exception to the definition of "sexual abuse" under the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is a Schedule to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).
Contact Address:
Contact: Irwin Fefergrad, Registrar
Phone: 416-961-6555
Address: 6 Crescent Road, Toronto ON M4W 1T1

Royal Assent Date:
July 10, 2014