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Phase 2 and 3 of COVID-19


On August 18 2020, the four oral health regulators updated the guidelines for response to Phase 2 and now Phase 3 of COVID-19.

This document is for oral healthcare providers including dental technicians, denturists, dentists, hygienists and dental assistants as they consider slowly returning to the lab and or clinic. It is a compilation of existing standards and recommendations from various authoritative organizations. 

Below is a copy to download. Sections are highlighted that are more relevant to dental technicians and lab operations. 

We are also including below the guidelines from the BC Centre of Disease Control. One of the documents specifically deals with environmental cleaning and disinfectants for a clinical setting but can be easily applied to a lab environment.

Finally, we are including once again the College of Dental Technician's guide to infection control that is still effective and simple to follow.

In the meantime, if you have any questions/concerns and feedback contact Renata by e-mail at renata@dentaltechniciansofbc.com

COVID-19 Emergency Funds

On April 16, the federal government announced additional support for small businesses:
  • The expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be available to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.
  • The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June.

On April 15, the federal government announced expanded access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by revising eligibility rules. The new rules will enable the following individuals to collect the benefit:
  • Those earning $1,000 or less per month.
  • Seasonal employees who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake seasonal work due to COVID-19.
  • Those who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work due to COVID-19.
We encourage you to regularly check the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page on Finance Canada for details on all federal programs available to them. Programs are still evolving to address any gaps in service.

The BC Government also announced enhanced relief measures for businesses to help owners and operators cope with the financial challenges during COVID-19.
The new steps to support BC businesses include reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%, and postponing the date that late payment penalties apply.New measures have also been introduced to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls,including the ability to borrow interest-free loans from existing capital reserves, and greater flexibility to borrow for two years instead of one.
Visit the Province's COVID-19 Supports for Businesses page to explore the wide range of supports and resources available for small businesses in BC, including:
  • Credit and financing options;
  • Supports for employees, and taxes;
  • Pivoting your business operations.

Webinars for continuing education
The following organizations are offering free CE webinars at this time. Please check their websites or linkedin pages regularly to keep up to date on weekly offerings. 

The Aururm Group - Weekly Webinars

Dentsply Sirona- Dentsply Sirona Webinars

Argen Corporation - Argen Education

3Shape Dental Labs- 3Shape Dental Lab Linkedin

Ivoclar Vivadent- Ivoclar-Vivadent Linkedin

Please check DTABC Linkedin page for ongoing information on CE webinars. 
2021 Nomination Results

2021 Nomination Results

We received four nominations to the Board of Directors for 2021 by the deadline of October 19,2020. Since there are four positions to be filled, there will be no elections and the four nominees/candidates are elected to the Board by acclamation as per the bylaw 53.1 Bylaw 53.1 states if the number of candidates equals the number of vacant elected director positions on the board, those candidates who have been nominated are deemed to be elected by acclamation and there is no need to proceed with an election. 

The four nominees/candidates are:

Nadja Jakobi, RDT- returning; three year term renewed, begins January. 1, 2021
Sachiyo Lei, RDT- returning; three-year term renewed, begins January 1, 2021
Calvin Moon, RDT- returning; three-year term renewed, begins January 1, 2021
Nasser Taghavi, RDT- new;  three-year term begins January 1, 2021

All new positions whether elected or appointed begin their new, three-year term effective January 1, 2021. 

Current 2020 Board of Directors

Olaf Lutz, President, RDT
Sachiyo Lei, Vice President, RDT

John Eggeling, RDT
Zuzana Houdkova, Dental Tech Assistant
Nadja Jakobi, RDT
Roberto Kim, RDT
Dragan Lipovac, RDT
Calvin Moon, RDT
James Neuber, RDT

PDC 2021 Open For Registration

PDC 2021 Virtual Experience - open for registration

DTABC members in good standing can register for free for the PDC Virtual Experience March 4-6, 2021. 

Members will need to renew their DTABC membership by December 31 to access the virtual conference for free. 

Sessions will be scheduled through the PDC dates and be available on-demand, once they have launched at their scheduled times. For more information and to register please visit www.pdconf.com