Regulation - LGIC

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Dental Hygiene Act 1991
Summary of Decision:
Made: September 17, 2020
Approved: October 1, 2020
Filed: October 8, 2020
Published on e-Laws: October 8, 2020
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: October 24, 2020
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
No new administrative cost for business.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 30, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
College Introduction

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 25 health regulatory colleges governing 27 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 Dental Hygienist Act, 1991, the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario ("College") is responsible for governing the profession of dental hygienists in Ontario. Under these Acts, the College has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including a spousal exemption regulation. 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.

Summary of Proposal

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 dental hygienist 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).

To view the proposed spousal exemption regulation please use the following link to the College website.

Alternatively, the College may be contacted at the following address.
Contact Address:
Contact: Feedback
Phone: 416-961-6234
Address: 69 Bloor St. East, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M4W 1A9
Effective Date:
October 8, 2020