The Alberta Dental Association (ADA) is the voice of dentists in Alberta. The ADA serves, represents and advocates for the dental profession of Alberta, and promotes dentistry within the community as well as optimal oral health as an integral part of general health for all Albertans. The ADA creates and supports tangible programs, products and services that support our Members. The ADA provides a forum to network and liaise with our Members and other professional associations, groups, and governmental agencies to promote dentistry in Alberta.
Creation of the Alberta Dental Association
In December of 2020, the Government of Alberta passed a bill that would amend the Health Professions Act. In October 2021 the section of that bill was proclaimed which requires all regulatory health colleges to no longer provide association functions and activities by April 1, 2023.
The pre-existing Alberta Dental Association and College has changed its name to the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta (CDSA) and has retained the mandated regulatory role of the dental profession. The CDSA has divested itself of all professional association functions and membership services
This has led to the creation of a new independent Alberta Dental Association.
What does the ADA do for dentists?
The ADA provides a strong, unified voice to enhance, promote, and to advocate on behalf of the dental profession. Through the ADA, members will have access to a variety of benefits, access to professional development opportunities, and connect with a vibrant and engaged dental community.
What does the ADA do for the public?
The ADA provides the public with information and services on oral health as an integral part of general health. The ADA advocates for the profession and develops the Alberta Dental Fee Guide.
Will there be a dental college in Alberta? YES!
The College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta (CDSA) will continue its obligations under the Health Professions Act to fulfill the legislative mandate to regulate and govern the dental profession in the public interest.