College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Academic Members

Why get involved?

Members of Council and committees act in the public interest and further the College’s mandate of regulating the practice of dental hygiene. By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, you are influencing the future of dental hygiene practice and regulation in Ontario. By standing for election, registrants have the opportunity to join a committed group of dental hygienists and government-appointed public members on Council working together to safeguard the public interest and to uphold the standard of care that dental hygienists provide to their clients.

While registrants find serving on Council both personally and professionally rewarding, it requires a significant time commitment. Council typically meets for two days, three to six times per year. Dates are set well in advance to facilitate planning for members. Preparation time associated with Council meetings averages two hours for each meeting. This generally involves reviewing material in advance of meetings in order to contribute constructively to Council discussions and decision-making.

Council members must also serve on at least two statutory Committees. The time commitment varies significantly depending on which Committee(s) you serve. Some Committees may meet only twice per year for one day while others meet on a more frequent basis. Please click here for more information about each statutory Committee. 

The College pays a per diem for participating on Council and Committees. Information regarding per diems is defined in CDHO's Remuneration Guidelines.

Registrants who consent to their nomination as a candidate for academic selection to the Council of the CDHO must consider whether they can commit the time to serve and may also wish to discuss the commitment with their employer (where applicable).

How long can I serve as a member of Council?

Academic members serve a three-year term of office, unless otherwise established in accordance with the College’s Bylaw, and are limited to three consecutive terms.

Selection of Academic members

For the purposes of selection to the Council as an Academic Member, two Registrants from among members who are Faculty shall be Selected to serve on Council as outlined in section 7(1)(c) of the Dental Hygiene Act