about BCDHA

Formed in 1964, the BCDHA represents over 4000 member dental hygienists across the province and is now welcoming Certified Dental Assistants in BC to the CDA Alliance. The BCDHA is dedicated to the principle that all British Columbians should have access to the quality oral health services. BCDHA collaborates with government, the provincial dental hygiene regulatory bodies and clients to effectively serve members and the public.

Dental Hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants who are members of the BCDHA enjoy a range of member benefits and services, including continuing education, advocacy, promotion of the profession, support services, and information on employment issues and guidelines.

Other benefits of membership include:
Your Professional Negligence Insurance as required by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia

• Subscription to the BCDHA OUTLOOK newsletter
• Information on Self-Employment and Alternative Practice 
• National and local forums and conferences
• Inclusion in important Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association Programs
Member discounts

BCDHA Diversity Statement 

Last updated March 19, 2021

BCDHA Covid Safety Plan

Last updated January 12, 2022

BC Dental Hygienists’ association

Global end: BCDHA exists as the collective provincial voice of dental hygienists and to support members’ success in our progressive and respected profession*

2.1 All members** have access to resources.
2.1.1 Members have relevant opportunities to develop professionally.
2.1.2 Members are supported to have a safe and healthy work environment.
2.1.3 Members are connected to their professional community.

2.2 The public is knowledgeable about dental hygienists and values the profession’s unique contributions.

2.3 BCDHA advocates for the evolution of the profession through:
2.3.1 The advancement of dental hygiene education and research.
2.3.2 A diversity of careers within the profession.
2.3.3 Access to dental hygienists without barriers.
2.3.4 An increased scope of practice when appropriate.
2.3.5 Interprofessional collaboration across the healthcare sector.
2.3.6 Recognition of dental hygienists as the authority on preventative oral healthcare.
2.3.7 Recognition by decision-makers of dental hygienists’ integral role in the healthcare system and inclusion of the profession in the development and implementation of healthy public policy.
2.3.8 The advancement of the profession’s culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


*  For a reasonable return on the investment of resources.
**  includes current, student, retired and non-practicing.