Registrants will be able to renew their registration with CDSBC using the online system beginning January 8, 2020. We are sharing this notice of the proposed 2020/21 renewal fees for CDSBC registrants, which have been submitted to the Ministry of Health for filing. These will come into force on January 4, 2021.
The fee schedule for 2021/22 is available here (PDF), and will be incorporated into CDSBC's bylaws as Schedule E.
A detailed breakdown of fees for each category is available in Schedule E. The schedule shows that there will be no fee increases for CDSBC registrants.
The financial prudence shown over the past years has enabled us to hold all renewal fees unchanged for the 2021/22 fiscal year in spite of increased expenses related to complaints, increased staffing needs required to meet our mandate in this changing regulatory landscape, and the amalgamation with the other oral health colleges that is on the horizon. Our decision to hold fees at last year's levels was also made in consideration of the financial impact on registrants caused by the pandemic. The Board approved a deficit budget for the next fiscal year in order to allow for this. The College is currently in a healthy financial position thanks to the surpluses of the past few years. We are confident that our strong financial reserves will mean that the College continues to be well-positioned to meet the expenses of the coming year, as well as any unanticipated financial challenges that arise.
At renewal in 2021, dentists in most classes registered with the College will pay two fees when renewing their registration. Dentists in all registration categories except for Limited (education; armed services and government), Limited (post-graduate), Limited (research), Limited (volunteer) and Non practising, will pay fees to both the CDSBC and the British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA). For renewal in 2021, the fee breakdown is as follows:
The BCDA will reimburse the College $194,820 (plus applicable taxes) for the costs associated with the collection of the amount equivalent to the BCDA membership fee at renewal and registration. This amount is based on a projection of the electronic transaction fees and the additional administrative costs incurred by the College in order to collect on their behalf.
Membership in the BCDA is not mandatory for registration with the College; however, an amount equivalent to the BCDA membership fee is required and is collected per the Board's discretionary power to do so provided in the CDSBC Bylaws section 3.09, which states that "In each fiscal year until the fiscal year ending February 28, 2022, the college may collect from dentists an amount equivalent to the annual fees of an association, whether or not the dentist is a member of the association, provided that the board and the association execute a written agreement to this effect."
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) is a federation of Canada's provincial and territorial dental associations and, as such, dentists are not members. However, the BCDA transfers a portion of the equivalent fees received from registrants of CDSBC, to the CDA such that individual members of the association have access to the CDA's programs and services.