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Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

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416-934-5629

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) is the governing body for dental surgeons and dentists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a dental surgeon or dentist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2016

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

 2019

2019

Dental Surgeons_Fair_Registration_Practices_Report_2019.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received16350763030592
Applicants who became members16350763030592

 2018

2018

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received14873903370648
Applicants who became members14873903370648

 2017

2017

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received13341643010539
Applicants who became members13341643010539

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12058612630502
Applicants who became members12058612630502

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received10538642370444
Applicants who became members10538642370444

 2014

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received11843541570372
Applicants who became members11843541570372

 2013

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2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received11661581670402
Applicants who became members11661571660400

 2012

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received12151681030 343
Applicants who became members1215168103 343

 2011

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Dental Surgeons)

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1295967990354
Applicants who became members1295966980352

 2010

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1056545890304
Applicants who became members1056545890304

 2009

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Assessments: The RCDSO worked on a national process to streamline the assessment of internationally trained general dentists. Starting in spring 2010, dentists trained outside Canada have two routes to get their licences. The first is to complete the existing two-year program. The second (new) path is to prove competency through a series of examinations and assessments, ending in a national examination.

The new path will take approximately one year, but it requires only a few weeks over the one-year period. The cost will be considerably less than the two-year program.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1105543540262
Applicants who became members1105543540262

 2008

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the RCDSO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications receivedn/an/an/an/an/an/a
Applicants who became members1084951760284

n/a = not available

 2007

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the RCDSO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Quick Facts

Number of Dental Surgeons10,715
Number of Internationally Trained Dental Surgeons4,428

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario5,021
Other Canadian Provinces1,266
USA1,277
Other International3,151
Unknown0
Total10,715
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)41%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Dental Surgeons, 2019

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberIran
Third Largest NumberAustralia
Fourth Largest NumberIraq
Fifth Largest NumberIreland
Number of Applicants213

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the RCDSO for further information about your ability to practise as a dental surgeon or dentist in Ontario.

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