Dentists in Prince Edward Island are finding it harder and harder to hire dental assistants and it’s a problem right across Canada, according to the president of the Dental Association of P.E.I.
With fewer people training for the profession, efforts are underway to boost wages and increase the job profile in order to make the work more attractive.
Cornwall-native Claire Belliveau, 19, is walking out of graduation and directly into a full-time permanent position.
“Whenever I was offered my job I didn’t have to apply or anything,” said Belliveau. “I don’t think I even gave them a resumé because I did my practicum there.”
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