Working Knowledge of French

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec issues permits to candidates who meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language, R.S.Q., chapter C-11, concerning knowledge of French.

Two situations are possible:

Candidates who have earned their dentistry degree outside Quebec:

Candidates who do not meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language concerning the appropriate knowledge of French but who meet all other criteria for practising dentistry may obtain a temporary permit valid for at most one year. This temporary permit will be granted by the Order, along with a registration form for the French examination administered by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).

Temporary permits may be renewed up to three times, subject to the OQLF's authorization. Candidates must take the OQLF examination after or before each renewal. A passing mark must be obtained before the end of the last renewal in order to be granted an ODQ permit.

Candidates who have earned their dentistry degrees in Quebec:

Candidates who have earned their dentistry degree in Quebec, even if they were born outside Quebec, must demonstrate their knowledge of French before they can apply for a permit from the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, and are not eligible for temporary permits. In general, candidates who have not done their secondary school studies in French must take an examination administered by the OQLF to evaluate their knowledge of French.