In Quebec, dentistry is designated as an exclusive profession. In other words, to work as a dentist, you must hold a permit from the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ) and be entered on the Roll of the Order. The ODQ is the professional order responsible for overseeing the practice of dentistry in Quebec, and whose main purpose is to protect the public.
Dental school graduates from outside Quebec who wish to practise here must:
- obtain recognition of their diploma and training equivalence
- obtain a permit from the ODQ
- have an appropriate knowledge of French, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the French Language, R.S.Q., c. C-11.
The key: an NDEB certificate
The ODQ works in tandem with the National Dental Examining Board to establish qualification criteria, particularly as regards examination content and procedures for the issue of permits.
Dentists already licensed by a regulatory body in another Canadian province or territory should refer to the Mobility within Canada section.
Graduates with a diploma allowing them to practise dentistry in France and who are entered on the Roll of the French Order in accordance with the provisions of article L.4112-1 of the Code de santé publique should refer to the Entente France-Québec section (in French).
Graduates from outside Quebec who already hold an NDEB certificate should refer to the Equivalence with an NDEB certificate section.
Graduates from outside Quebec who do not hold a degree awarded by a Canadian or American dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an NDEB certificate should refer to the Equivalence without an NDEB certificate section.
For information on access for immigrants to regulated professions and trades, visit www.micc.gouv.qc.ca.