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Optometry Schools in Canada
Canadian Ophthalmology Programs
Canadian Associations, Colleges and Legislature
Optometrists in Canada are regulated by province or territory. Holding a license or certificate of registration to practice in a province or territory is required before commencing practice. Each province or territory establishes the criteria for issuing a license or certificate of registration.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) is the national voice of optometry in Canada, representing 85% of optometrists. Founded in 1941 and formally incorporated in 1948, the CAO works with its 10 provincial member associations within a federated framework.
Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC)
The OEBC is a national not-for-profit corporation. Its members are the ten provincial optometry regulators in Canada.
Health Canada Legislation and Guidelines
Health Canada administers many pieces of legislation and develops and enforces regulations under this legislation that have a direct impact on the health and safety of Canadians.
Alberta College of Optometrists
The Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) is the regulatory and licensing body for the profession of optometry in Alberta. As such, we are mandated by the Health Professions Act to provide direction and govern our members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest.
Alberta Association of Optometrists
The Association's mission is to establish optometry as every Albertan’s first and continual access point for world leading eye care.
Fast Facts 2020
Doctors of Optometry in Alberta, provided by the Alberta Association of Optometrists
College of Optometrists of British Columbia
The College of Optometrists of British Columbia guides and regulates the profession of optometry in the public interest to ensure that the public receives safe, ethical, and effective optometric services in BC. The College achieves this by establishing and enforcing entry to practice requirements, standards of practice and standards of conduct.
Professional regulation of optometry in BC
Transition of Optometry to the Health Professions Act
New Brunswick Association of Optometrists (NBAO)
The NBAO is the professional association that represents Doctors of Optometry in New Brunswick. This website offers eyecare & eyewear information for patients, as well as providing an online resource for Doctors of Optometry and other health care providers
College of Optometrists of Ontario
The College of Optometrists of Ontario is the regulatory and licensing body for the profession of optometry in Ontario.
Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO)
The OAO is the leading professional organization representing over1,600 optometrists in Ontario for over 100 years. We are dedicated to helping our members provide the highest standard of eye health and vision care for Ontarians while driving the profession of optometry forward at the government, regulatory and public levels.
PEI College of Optometrists
The role of the Prince Edward Island College of Optometrists is to regulate the practice of optometry by promoting a high standard of oculo-visual care to protect the public’s welfare.
Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists
The Prince Edward Island Association of Optometrists was incorporated by chapter 13 of the Acts of the Legislature in 1922 and at that time was known as the Prince Edward Island Optometrical Association.
L’Ordre des Optométristes du Québec
L’Ordre des optométristes du Québec a pour mission d’assurer la protection du public en garantissant la compétence, le savoir et le professionnalisme des optométristes.
American and international associations