About the BCDA

The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) is a member-based organization governed by an elected Board of Directors of seventeen dentists. The BCDA is a provincial member of the Canadian Dental Association and is active in providing dental or oral health information to the public.

Our Mission: The British Columbia Dental Association is the recognized voice of dentistry in this province, dedicated to serving the interests of its members and promoting oral health.

Becoming a Member

To become a BCDA member or to renew your membership, download the membership form (PDF) and mail it to the Association with applicable payment. Learn about the different membership categories and benefits below.


Benefit Information (PDF)

All dentists licensed to practice in BC are members of the BCDA and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).  Membership is funded through a grant from the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC).

In addition to a completed membership application form, the applicant’s consent for the release of personal contact information from the CDSBC is required to activate Association membership (be sure to authorize consent with the CDSBC).


Benefit Information (PDF) 

The non-practising category is available to dentists residing in BC who are retired from practice or unable to practise due to permanent or long term disability. The BCDA encourages ongoing professional involvement through this membership selection.


Benefit Information (PDF) 

Dentists residing outside BC qualify for the affiliate category provided they can prove they are:

  • licensed to practise outside British Columbia, or
  • retired from practice outside British Columbia, or
  • unable to practise due to permanent or long term disability outside British Columbia
  • dentists holding 'limited volunteer' registration with the CDSBC


Benefit Information (PDF)        

Students in one of the following categories are eligible for membership:                            

  • University of BC student in 1st to 4th year
  • Post-graduate/Resident/Intern 
    • participating in full-time accredited CDA/ADA dental post-graduate, intern or residency programs and registered with the CDSBC
  • Graduating class outside BC
    • Benefits: access to member website
    • participating in full-time out-of-province accredited CDA/ADA dental program   
  • Dentists holding 'limited educational' registration with the CDSBC

Changing membership categories

A fee may be required. For current information contact:

Karen Power, Member Registration
T: 604 714 2381 (direct)
E: kpower@bcdental.org

Posting of the email address above does not signify our consent to receive commercial electronic messages, unless we have provided you with our express consent to do so.

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