Labour Market Information
It must be stressed that as a regulator we process applications based on whether the applicant has met the legislated requirements for registration, not on whether Ontario needs dentists or not. Unlike in some countries, dentistry is not funded by the government but is an independent, privately run business. The average income for a dentist according to a year 2000 poll was approximately $132,000 (Canadian).
There are currently over 9,000 dentists in Ontario. Employment opportunities are affected by several factors that influence the demand for dental services: population growth, improvements in oral hygiene that allow elderly people to keep their teeth longer, and public awareness of the importance of dental health. In addition, as the baby boom ages, a large number of the population will need maintenance on complicated dental work. The nature of dentistry is also changing with a greater emphasis on cosmetic procedures. Dentists too were part of the “baby boom” phenomena which projects increased retirement numbers over the next few years at the same time there is increasing numbers of internationally trained immigrating to Canada. Accordingly, some predict overall growth for the profession while others feel there is already an oversaturation, particularly in the major urban centers such as Toronto.
A 2004 survey estimated that 58% of the profession in Ontario practised in the City of Toronto. Toronto, therefore, is a highly competitive market and applicants should consider practising in areas outside of this concentrated area.
Membership in the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is not a guarantee of employment. The College does not provide employment services and there is no central job placement service for dentists in Ontario.
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