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  • 1 Nov 2023 5:05 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Courtesy of Oral Health Group

    Oral Health Group extends its heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family and colleagues of Henry Doyle, who was not only a valued customer but also a dear friend and a prominent leader in the dental community. We received the news of his unexpected passing with heavy hearts.

    Henry’s contributions were immeasurable as a long-standing pillar of the dental industry. His commitment to the field and exceptional leadership were evident throughout his career. Henry’s legacy at Heaps & Doyle, a company in which he took great pride and played a pivotal role, will continue to inspire and shape the future of the dental industry.

    Moreover, it is worth noting that Henry Doyle served as the President of DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada), a role through which he made significant contributions to the advancement and growth of the dental community in Canada. His dedication to this position further exemplified his commitment to the dental profession and his influence on the industry.

    During this difficult time, we offer strength and support to those closest to Henry. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, and his impact on the dental world will endure as a testament to his remarkable legacy.

  • 26 Oct 2023 4:52 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Content from Globe Newswire / Shared by Financial Post

    Lack of consultation with provincial and territorial dental associations is worrying

    TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — There are only two months left before the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) becomes available to many more Canadians. Yet more than 25,000 dentists nationwide are in the dark about how the Government of Canada will safeguard access to dental care.

    In a letter sent to Members of Parliament (MPs) this week, the presidents of provincial and territorial dental associations across the country asked how the government will:

    • Safeguard employer-provided dental plans that two-thirds of Canadians currently have access to?
    • Ensure that a strong federal program can be coordinated with existing provincial programs?
    • Protect patient choice and maintain the patient-provider relationship?
    • Ensure minimal, efficient administration that promotes timely access to care?
    • Respect the costs of delivering dental care to maximize provider participation?
    • Increase the number of dental assistants and dental hygienists to meet the demands of the CDCP?

    Dentists want to champion a CDCP that will respect patients, providers, and taxpayers. The provincial and territorial dental associations are concerned that the CDCP has been compromised by a lack of meaningful consultation with dentists – who will be expected to deliver on the government’s promises.

    The CDCP is currently in final planning stages, with a potential rollout in 2024 that will attempt to increase access to uninsured Canadians under 18, people with disabilities, and seniors who have an annual family income of less than $90,000. Dentists believe all Canadians need access to dental care. If not done properly, two-thirds of Canadians who have great employer-provided dental plans could lose their coverage and be forced into a worse plan. Costs would then skyrocket, which means the $13 billion over five years the government set aside would not be enough to sustain the plan.


    • Canada’s provincial and territorial dental associations represent more than 25,000 licensed dentists working in more than 16,000 offices. They treat more than 30 million Canadians every year and employ at least 50,0001 oral health care workers
    • Over 60 per cent of Canadians have a dentist they visit on a regular basis
    • A recent survey commissioned by Health Canada found that nearly nine out 10 Canadians are satisfied with the Canada Dental Benefit
  • 27 Sep 2023 12:22 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Courtesy of CTV News Vancouver

    Authorities have identified a man whose death on the Sunshine Coast last week was deemed suspicious and are appealing for witnesses and information in hopes of advancing their investigation.

    Henry Doyle, who is 58 and from Vancouver, was found injured near Klein Lake in Egmont on Sept. 23, according to a statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

    "First responders arrived on scene and provided emergency first aid, but sadly, the victim succumbed to his injuries," IHIT said in a statement. "The man’s death was determined to be suspicious in nature," adding that the coroner consulted with police.

    Police say they have learned that Doyle travelled to the area on his dirt bike, which was found near his body. Police have not revealed how Doyle suffered his injuries or why his death is being considered suspicious.

    CTV News has learned Doyle owned a Canada-wide dental service provider and also served as president of the Dental Industry Association of Canada.

    “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Henry Doyle,” read a statement from the non-profit's board of directors. “Henry was an esteemed leader in the Canadian dental industry and his death is a great loss to all who knew him.”

    The Pacific Dental Conference also told CTV News it is deeply saddened to hear of Doyle’s death.

    Investigators say they want to speak with anyone who was in the Klein Lake area last Friday, urging them to call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).

  • 6 Sep 2023 5:03 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    News Release from Public Services and Procurement Canada

    September 6, 2023

    Every Canadian deserves quality dental care, yet one-third of Canadians are unable to visit an oral health professional because they do not have dental insurance.

    As such, the Government of Canada has been working extensively to improve access to dental care services for Canadians, and has reached a key step in the procurement process to administer the Canadian Dental Care Plan.

    Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced that an Early Work Agreement worth up to $15 million has been awarded to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Sun Life). This interim measure will enable Sun Life to undertake necessary pre-contractual work to ensure the timely launch and successful operation of the Canadian Dental Care Plan while details of the main contract are finalized. This includes work such as recruitment, information technology-related activities and business planning. The main contract is expected to be awarded in fall 2023, pending Government of Canada approval.

    Once fully implemented, the Canadian Dental Care Plan will support up to 9 million uninsured Canadians who have an annual family net income of less than $90,000 in getting the oral health care they need, with no co-pays for those with family incomes under $70,000. Further information on the plan, which is expected to begin rolling out by the end of 2023, will be communicated by Health Canada in the coming weeks.

  • 1 Sep 2023 9:32 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Each year, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) offers an honours and awards program to recognize exceptional individuals and/or organizations for their contributions to the dental profession, the dental community and the oral health of Canadians.

    CDA invites the submission of nominations from the oral health community for the 2023–24 CDA Honours and Awards Program. All stakeholders are encouraged to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of worthy individuals and/or groups to the dental profession and to its reputation and profile.

    Award Categories:

    1. Awards to Individuals for overall outstanding achievement
    2. Awards to individuals or organizations involved in supporting the dental profession
    3. Awards to individuals or organizations for the promotion of oral health
    Click here to download the brochure and learn more about this prestigious awards program, including the nomination process and deadline

  • 30 Aug 2023 1:48 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    It is with mixed feelings that we are informing you that David Boudreau, Director General, Medical Devices Directorate, has accepted a new position with the Courts Administration Service (CAS), effective September 5, 2023. David will lead the implementation of legislative amendments stemming from Bill C-13, an Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages. Bill C-13 imposes new legislative obligations requiring that all Court decisions of precedential value are issued simultaneously in both official languages. 

    David joined the Health Products and Food Branch in January 2018 as the Executive Director of the Medical Devices Bureau. In January 2020, he became Director General with the creation of the new Medical Devices Directorate. With the support from his team, he has shown leadership in establishing solid relationships with key stakeholders, setting up the new Directorate, and navigating the pandemic while ensuring continuous access to COVID medical devices.

    We would also like to thank David for his leadership in fostering a bilingual work environment. On a personal note, we will miss David’s positive and collaborative approach, and I thank him for the warm welcome when I initially joined the Branch. David, you will be missed.

    We are also pleased to announce that Bruce Randall will be acting DG, Medical Devices as of September 11.

    Please join us in congratulating David and wishing him all the best in his new role.

    Pam Aung Thin
    Assistant Deputy Minister
    Health Products and Food Branch

    Celia Lourenco
    Acting Associate Assistant Deputy Minister
    Health Products and Food Branch

  • 17 Aug 2023 2:13 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    The Government of Ontario has provided a reminder that all organizations in Ontario are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and some are required to submit an Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2023

    For more info, click here.

  • 17 Aug 2023 11:21 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Source: Oral Health Group

    The Globe and Mail recently reported on the rise of dental costs for Canadians due to the recent increases to dental fee guides across the country. Many factors have led to these increases such as inflation, staffing demands, and increased need for PPE.

    They found the average annual fee increase ranged from 5 to 10 percent. ACDQ, Quebec’s dental association, was found to have the highest increase at 9.8 percent. Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador had average increases of 8.5 percent.

    This is quite a jump from 2017 to 2021 when the fee increases ranged from 1 to 5 percent each year.

    “Cary Chan, senior manager of corporate communications and public affairs at the B.C. Dental Association (BCDA), said in an e-mail that it’s important to note that suggested increases are just that – suggestions. Dentists can decide whether to apply some or all of the increases based on the realities of their practices,” reported the Globe and Mail.

    Read more about this story from the Globe and Mail.

  • 11 Aug 2023 2:16 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Register Now for RAPS Convergence 2023

    October 3-5 in Montreal

    RAPS Convergence is the largest and most well-recognized annual gathering of regulatory professionals and innovators in the world. Convergence brings together representatives from industry, global regulatory bodies, and research, academic and clinical organizations that are directly involved in managing the regulatory process and aligning science, regulation, and business strategy.

    Convergence is designed to educate and empower professionals about the ever-evolving healthcare product regulatory environment within an interactive forum that facilitates community exchange, connections, and knowledge sharing. For program details and to register, visit


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    October 9-11, Anaheim

    From October 9-11, 2023, the world’s top medtech executives will gather for The MedTech Conference. Featuring world class plenary speakers, cross cutting educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities, The MedTech Conference is a must attend event for the industry’s prominent and most promising companies.

    For more info and to register, click here.

  • 11 Aug 2023 2:00 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    via Medtech Canada

    HealthPRO Canada has launched an Innovation Accelerator Program, which provides a defined step-by-step process, to enable suppliers to fast-track their innovation into Canadian healthcare facilities in a timely and streamlined process, with an Innovative Supply Agreement.

    Any new, existing incremental, or disruptive improvement in process, product or technology that leads to healthier outcomes or operational efficiencies across the continuum of care and helps propel economic development and innovation in healthcare is eligible for consideration.

    The Innovation Accelerator Program will expedite and introduce supplier innovations to more than 1,300 of their member healthcare facilities and ultimately improve patient outcomes and care across Canada.

    Interested in learning more?

    Please contact

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