Survey of Oral Health Care Providers (SOHCP)

Statistics Canada is conducting the Survey of Oral Health Care Providers (SOHCP). This survey collects information on the financial and operational characteristics of oral health care providers in Canada.

 The questions focus on operating revenue and expenses, billing policies, staffing and vacancies, services offered, patient capacity, and operational challenges. 

Survey results will help assess the current state of the oral health care system in Canada while providing insight into the changes that could impact this sector, including implementation of the Canadian Dental Care Plan.

These data are crucial in helping governments devise policies that support access to dental care, improve oral health outcomes for Canadians, and provide an effective work environment for oral health care workers. 


Collection period:

From April 8, 2024 to July 11, 2024


Collection methods:

Electronic questionnaire

Survey participation:

Mandatory

Confidentiality

Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

Data sharing agreements and record linkage

Data sharing agreements

To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.

Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.

For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial and territorial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations.

Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data, and mailing it to the following address:

Chief Statistician of Canada
Statistics Canada
Attention of Director, Public Sector Statistics Division
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to entities located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.

Record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

Topics covered in the survey

The questions focus on operating revenue and expenses, billing policies, staffing and vacancies, services offered, patient capacity, and operational challenges.

Published data

Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

Survey-specific questions

What is the Survey of Oral Health Care Providers?

The Survey of Oral Health Care Providers is a survey that collects information on the financial and operational characteristics of oral health care providers in Canada.

What are the objectives of this survey?

The objective of this survey is to provide governments with insights on the dental infrastructure, its strengths and where it may be experiencing pressures and vulnerabilities. Results aim to help guide policy decisions to support oral care providers improve health outcomes for patients and maintain a safe and efficient work environment for employees/employers, as well as help evaluate changes impacting this sector, including the Canadian Dental Care Program (CDCP).

Why should I participate?

The survey is an opportunity for care providers to share their own experience in the evolving oral health care system. These data are crucial in helping governments devise policies that support access to dental care, improve oral health outcomes for Canadians, and provide a safe and efficient work environment for oral health care workers. Survey results will help assess the current state of the oral health care system in Canada while providing insight into the changes that could impact this sector, including implementation of the Canadian Dental Care Plan.

My company has received a survey, but I am a contractor who does not operate an oral health practice. Do I need to complete this survey?

To ensure the most complete results, it is very important that businesses selected answer the survey questions. Without your cooperation, Statistics Canada could not produce reliable, essential data.

Where can I get more information about the dental health plan?

Canadian Dental Care Plan - Canada.ca

For more information about this survey