How is dental assisting in Canada organized?

There are three levels of organization in dental assisting: The Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA)

  1. Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association (CDAA)
  2. Provincial associations/regulatory groups & Royal Canadian Dental Corps (RCDC)
  3. Local Associations

How are dental assistants represented in Canada?

Individual dental assistants are represented at the national level through their provincial dental assisting association. Military dental assistants are represented through the Royal Canadian Dental Corps.   Only provincial associations that are members of the CDAA are represented at the national level.

Who are CDAA members? Are individual dental assistants members of CDAA?

CDAA describes its members (the provincial groups/Royal Canadian Dental Corps) as Organizational Members.

Individual dental assistants are represented by virtue of their provincial association membership in the CDAA or in the case of the military, through the Royal Canadian Dental Corps (RCDC).

Currently, CDAA is comprised of the following Member Organizations:

Manitoba Dental Assistants’ Association

New Brunswick Dental Assistants’ Association

Nova Scotia Dental Assistants’ Association

Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Assistants’ Association

Alberta Dental Assistants’ Association

Saskatchewan Dental Assistants’ Association

Ontario Dental Assistants’ Association

Royal Canadian Dental Corps

What is the difference between the provincial associations and the CDAA?

Provincial associations represent individual dental assistants in their province. They provide services and representation to their members and in some cases administer regulation. Direct services to members may include communication on important issues, continuing education and other support initiatives.

CDAA is a federation representing the provincial dental assisting organizations and the dental assisting branch of the Canadian Forces and it is under this arrangement that CDAA speaks for the dental assisting profession at the national level.

CDAA’s services to the profession include:

Advocacy at the national level
Representation at the national level
Undertaking research specific to the profession and related to oral healthcare in Canada
Coordinates preparations for the Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Does CDAA provide services to dental assistants on an individual basis?

By virtue of their provincial association being an Organizational Member of the CDAA, individual dental assistants are eligible for group discounts on a variety of services. The current programs that CDAA facilitates for individual dental assistants are:

Malpractice insurance:  Malprac application form 2021-2022

CDAA Benefits Program: PROLINK Premier Plan Overview_CDAA     PROLINK Gold Plan Overview_CDAA

BMO CDAA Mastercard CDAA Website – Member Benefits Eng_Fr – Valid through 12-31-2021


I am a dental assistant and my provincial association is not a member of the CDAA. Am I still a member of CDAA?

Currently, you have no national representation. Please contact your provincial association.

I am a dental assistant in the Territories or PEI, am I still represented?

Currently, there is no provincial/territorial associations in any of the above regions. Please contact CDAA if you intend to form a provincial or territorial association.