Competition Bureau Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

June 23, 2009 10:02 ET

Competition Bureau Applauds New Brunswick Move to Permit Self-regulation of Dental Hygienists

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - The Competition Bureau congratulates the Government of New Brunswick for enabling greater competition for dental hygiene services in New Brunswick.

Bill 29, An Act Respecting the New Brunswick College of Dental Hygienists, which received Royal Assent on Friday, June 19, transforms dental hygiene into a self-regulating profession in New Brunswick, as it is in several other provinces. Hygienists will now be able to operate more independently from dentists, leading to more consumer choice and potentially lower prices.

"We are very pleased with the passing of this legislation and regard it as an important step to create competition in dental hygiene services," said Richard Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Competition. "To date, New Brunswick dental hygienists have been governed by the same regulatory body that oversees dentists. By separating the governance of these two professions, it is more likely they will compete where their scopes of practice permit."

The Bureau commented on a draft version of the new legislation (Dental Hygiene Act, 2005 ( in a letter of January 27, 2006, and is encouraged that the competition principles it proposed are embodied in the legislation. The Bureau has previously commented on legislative changes in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

As set out in the Bureau's 2007 study, Self-Regulating Professions: Balancing Competition and Regulation (, the Bureau believes that regulators should strive to address legitimate public policy concerns without unnecessarily restricting competition. The Bureau urges the newly formed New Brunswick College of Dental Hygienists to continue to consider competition principles when formulating regulations that will govern the day-to-day practices of hygienists.

The Competition Bureau is an independent agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.

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