In recognition of the need to fund the educational efforts of the Canadian dental hygiene community, CDHA established a Scholarship Fund in 1969 from the donations of its members. The Fund was originally housed within the Canadian Fund for Dental Education (CFDE). As of 1994, CFDE ceased to exist, and CDHA authorized the transfer of the CDHA Fund into a separate account with the Dentistry Canada Fund (DCF).

CDHA negotiated with DCF, and previously with CFDE, to expand the scope of the original Scholarship Fund for the purpose of encouraging dental hygiene education and research. As a result of these negotiations the CDHA Endowment Fund was established in 1995.

To better serve the research and educational objectives of the dental hygiene profession, the Canada Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education (CFDHRE) was established. In 2004, the Foundation received its charitable status.

The CFDHRE was officially launched the same year at CDHA's 15th Annual Professional Conference in St. John's, NL.