1. Can you tell us about the Canadian Dental Hygiene Institute. Where is/was it located and what significance did it have?
CIDH was a registered Private career college located on King St in Hamilton. It offered only a dental hygiene program.
2. We understand that the Institute was recently closed. When did it close, why did it close and who closed it?
It closed July 19, 2012. The owner cited financial issues.
3. What impacts does this have on students who were in the program and on the community at large?
There were 16 students that were 5 weeks from graduation. 28 students who were 2/3 of the way through the program. Many clients had services from CIDH at a very low cost. These clients are now not able to access affordable dental hygiene care in the downtown core. They can travel to ODEI, but many don't have access to travel means.
4. What role has the Ontario Dental Education Institute played and what role, if any, will you continue to play?
ODEI hosted the trainout for the 5 weeks of remaining school for the 16 students. They have now completed their program! Of the 28 students 2/3 of the way through, 25 of them choose ODEI as their trainout provider, and have enrolled at the 50% point of our dental hygiene program.
5. What remedies would ytou be seeking and what agencies/levels of government/bodies, would be in a position to affect those remedies?
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities oversees a fund, the Training Completion Assurance Fund, that is in place to assist students who are coming from registered programs that have closed with funding to have their education completed.
6. Is there anything else you would like Hamiltonians to know about this issue?
The students have all been looked after and are satisfied with the outcome and the client charts have been transfered to ODEI.