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Oral Health Professional - Dental Hygienist

Job Summary

Location: Fort Simpson
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18396
Salary: $84,845 - $101,361
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.



Job Information

Located in the health centre in their community and reporting directly to the Territorial Specialist, Oral Health Care, the Dental Hygienist independently provides clinical intra-oral assessment and preventative dental treatment to school age children (grades K to 6) routinely. Based on their oral examination, the incumbent identify students needing treatment and will develop a plan under the guidance of a supervising dentist and provide direct patient care intervention, recognizing and managing  dental emergencies,  post­ extraction complications, and maintaining the health of the dental patient within their scope of practice.  Any patient requiring dental intervention beyond their scope shall be referred to a dentist. Interventions of the Dental Hygienist include but are not limited to taking X-rays, providing fluoride treatment, sealants, debriding, scaling and performs recall examinations. The incumbent can also perform, on an emergency basis, oral examination and diagnosis for adult patients.

The Dental Hygienist also develops and delivers community based oral/dental health promotion and educational activities to be distributed in schools and in partnership with a public health, community health representatives and community nurses and other health care professionals (preschool physicals, diabetes mini clinic, and healthy families).

The Dental Hygienist may accept referrals from Dentists (for recall-follow up examinations), physicians, community health nurses (CH N), nurse in charge (NIC) and community health representatives (CHR) and parents.

When treatment is outside of the Dental Hygienist's scope of practice, the incumbent will refer the patient to a dentist. The Dental Hygienist may also cross-refer the patient to other health care providers, e.g. physician or nurse practitioner for antibiotic treatment. As a regional specialist in oral health, the Dental Hygienist provides  functional expertise and direction to other health care professionals on the delivery of oral health care, promotion, and prevention.

There are no Dentists permanently located in any of the small communities in the NTHSSA. The incumbent may be required to provide dental services in different communities within the NTHSSA as required.

Typically the above qualifications would be attained by:

The successful completion of a dental hygienist diploma and 2 years of experience.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Eligible for current registration with the Department of Health and Social Services is mandatory for this position. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18396        

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $43.51 per hour (approximately $84,844 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $12,723.