Council Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. 

2022 Council Meetings

  • January 21, 2022 – Election of Officers and Committee Appointments
  • March 23, 2022
  • June 24, 2022
  • September 16, 2022
  • December 9, 2022

Council Meeting Materials

2022

March 23, 2022

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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January 21, 2022

  • Schedule of Fees and Penalties

    Schedule of Fees and Penalties—Effective January 1, 2020 All of the following fees are in Canadian funds and subject to 13% HST.*College membership fees are non-refundable.**College membership fees are non-refundable, and the reduced rates are only approved for the year 2022.

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  • International Graduates

    Optometrists and eye care professionals with training from outside of North America (i.e., not accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)) must complete an assessment from the Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada prior to registering in any jurisdiction except Quebec. For registration in Quebec, contact the Ordre des Optométristes du Québec. Pre-Registration Process Before applying…more

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  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • 2022 Executive Committee

    At its Annual Meeting on January 21, 2022, Council elected the 2022 Executive Committee as follows: Dr. Areef Nurani, President Dr. William Ulakovic, Vice-President Dr. Camy Grewal, Chair, Governance/HR Committee Mr. Howard Kennedy, Chair, Audit/Finance/Risk Committee Ms. Suzanne Allen, Member-at-Large Thank you to all Council members who put their names forward for this year’s Executive…more

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2021

December 10, 2021

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – September 17, 2021

    Council met virtually on September 17, 2021, where it discussed ongoing stakeholder meetings about the possibility of a singular, Canadian entry-to-practice exam, as well as the ongoing job action in relation to complaints and concerns. Council also approved two key items: the establishment and funding of a new Research Grant Panel, and updates to the Optometric…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – Dec. 4, 2020

    Council met virtually on December 4, 2020 for the last scheduled meeting of the year, where President Dr. Patrick Quaid thanked two outgoing members for their service: Dr. Chris Nicol, who has been part of the College Council for 15 years and has served in a variety of roles, including President, Vice-President, and Interim Registrar….more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – September 27, 2019

    Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed two new public members: Ms. Suzanne Allen and Ms. Winona Hutchinson. Council also took the opportunity to thank several outgoing members for their contributions: Dr. Bill Chisholm, Dr. Areef Nurani, Ms. Ellen Pekilis, as well as outgoing President Dr. Pooya Hemami, whose term ends in December. Council…more

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November 26, 2021

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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September 17, 2021

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – September 17, 2021

    Council met virtually on September 17, 2021, where it discussed ongoing stakeholder meetings about the possibility of a singular, Canadian entry-to-practice exam, as well as the ongoing job action in relation to complaints and concerns. Council also approved two key items: the establishment and funding of a new Research Grant Panel, and updates to the Optometric…more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 18, 2021

    Council met virtually on June 18, 2021, and approved several key items that have important implications for optometrists, as well as the College’s work over the next three years. Funding ReallocationPreviously, the College maintained a reserve fund with the intention of purchasing office space. As per Canada Revenue Agency, not-for-profit organizations cannot maintain significant reserves without…more

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June 18, 2021

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 18, 2021

    Council met virtually on June 18, 2021, and approved several key items that have important implications for optometrists, as well as the College’s work over the next three years. Funding ReallocationPreviously, the College maintained a reserve fund with the intention of purchasing office space. As per Canada Revenue Agency, not-for-profit organizations cannot maintain significant reserves without…more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – March 26, 2021

    Remembering Dr. SorbaraCollege President Dr. Patrick Quaid opened the meeting with remembrances and remarks on Dr. Gina Sorbara, who passed away in February 2021. The University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science has established the Dr. Gina Sorbara Contact Lens Residency in her honour. The College made contributions to both the Canadian Cancer Society and…more

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March 26, 2021

  • College of Optometrists Submits 2021 College Performance Measurement Framework Report

    The CPMF is a standardized reporting tool that was launched by the Ministry of Health in 2020. Through the CPMF, regulatory colleges are required to measure and report on Ministry-specified standards and indicators in a standardized way. This information is not assessed by the Ministry but rather shared with the public to help strengthen accountability…more

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – March 26, 2021

    Remembering Dr. SorbaraCollege President Dr. Patrick Quaid opened the meeting with remembrances and remarks on Dr. Gina Sorbara, who passed away in February 2021. The University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science has established the Dr. Gina Sorbara Contact Lens Residency in her honour. The College made contributions to both the Canadian Cancer Society and…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – Dec. 4, 2020

    Council met virtually on December 4, 2020 for the last scheduled meeting of the year, where President Dr. Patrick Quaid thanked two outgoing members for their service: Dr. Chris Nicol, who has been part of the College Council for 15 years and has served in a variety of roles, including President, Vice-President, and Interim Registrar….more

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February 9, 2021

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

January 22, 2021

  • International Graduates

    Optometrists and eye care professionals with training from outside of North America (i.e., not accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)) must complete an assessment from the Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada prior to registering in any jurisdiction except Quebec. For registration in Quebec, contact the Ordre des Optométristes du Québec. Pre-Registration Process Before applying…more

    More

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Elections – Voting Opens Soon

    A call for nominations was announced in July to fill five seats in four districts. Two seats were acclaimed as follows: District 4 (Western Electoral District): Dr. Dino Mastronardi District 6 (University of Waterloo Faculty): Dr. Lisa Christian Congratulations to Dr. Mastronardi and Dr. Christian, who will begin their three-year terms effective January 1, 2022.Voting…more

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  • We Need You!

    The College is looking for engaged, enthusiastic optometrists to help us to help us fulfill our mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest. How can you help? It’s easy! There are two key ways optometrists can be involved with the College: Run for a seat on the College Council in the upcoming election…more

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  • 2021 Executive Committee

    At its Annual Meeting on January 22, 2021, Council elected the 2021 Executive Committee as follows: Dr. Patrick Quaid, President (Acclaimed) Mr. Bashar Kassir, Vice-President Ms. Kathryn Biondi, Chair, Governance/HR Committee Dr. Linda Chan, Chair, Audit/Finance/Risk Committee Dr. Camy Grewal, Member-at-Large Thank you to all Council members who put their names forward for this year’s…more

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2020

December 4, 2020

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – Dec. 4, 2020

    Council met virtually on December 4, 2020 for the last scheduled meeting of the year, where President Dr. Patrick Quaid thanked two outgoing members for their service: Dr. Chris Nicol, who has been part of the College Council for 15 years and has served in a variety of roles, including President, Vice-President, and Interim Registrar….more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – Sept. 25, 2020

    Updated – October 2020 Council met virtually on September 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including revisions to the COVID-19 Return to Work guidance, approving the College auditor, and amendments to the College by-laws. Revision to Return to Work guidance Some examples of high-level disinfectants that are cited in the Return…more

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November 23, 2020

November 5, 2020

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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October 15, 2020

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • Council Elections – Voting Opens Soon

    A call for nominations was announced in July to fill five seats in four districts. Two seats were acclaimed as follows: District 4 (Western Electoral District): Dr. Dino Mastronardi District 6 (University of Waterloo Faculty): Dr. Lisa Christian Congratulations to Dr. Mastronardi and Dr. Christian, who will begin their three-year terms effective January 1, 2022.Voting…more

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  • We Need You!

    The College is looking for engaged, enthusiastic optometrists to help us to help us fulfill our mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest. How can you help? It’s easy! There are two key ways optometrists can be involved with the College: Run for a seat on the College Council in the upcoming election…more

    More

September 25, 2020

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – Sept. 25, 2020

    Updated – October 2020 Council met virtually on September 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including revisions to the COVID-19 Return to Work guidance, approving the College auditor, and amendments to the College by-laws. Revision to Return to Work guidance Some examples of high-level disinfectants that are cited in the Return…more

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  • 2020 Council Elections – Voting Opens Soon

    Voting for the 2020 Council elections will open on Monday, September 28, 2020. Seven candidates are running for two seats in District 5 – Provincial Electoral District. The nominees are: Dr. Mark Eltis Dr. Mandip Gill Dr. Pooya Hemami Dr. Natalija Ilic Dr. Mohamed Moussa Dr. Areef Nurani Dr. Marta Witer Members may vote for…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 25, 2020

    Council met virtually on June 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, revisions to the Return to Work guidance, the Continuing Education Policy, and by-law amendments. Strategic Plan 2020-2023 Council approved a new three-year strategic plan that includes a new mission, vision, values and strategic priorities….more

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July 27, 2020

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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June 25, 2020

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – Sept. 25, 2020

    Updated – October 2020 Council met virtually on September 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including revisions to the COVID-19 Return to Work guidance, approving the College auditor, and amendments to the College by-laws. Revision to Return to Work guidance Some examples of high-level disinfectants that are cited in the Return…more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 25, 2020

    Council met virtually on June 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, revisions to the Return to Work guidance, the Continuing Education Policy, and by-law amendments. Strategic Plan 2020-2023 Council approved a new three-year strategic plan that includes a new mission, vision, values and strategic priorities….more

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  • Council Briefing Materials – June 25, 2020

    THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020AT 9:00 A.M.

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June 11, 2020

  • Policies & Guidelines

    The Optometric Practice Reference articulates the current regulatory and professional standards of practice for optometry in Ontario and provides voluntary guidelines for practitioners wishing to go beyond the basic requirements. Additional administrative and clinical practice policies and guidelines not contained in the OPR are listed below.

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Briefing Materials – June 11, 2020

    THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 AT 3:00 P.M.

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May 14, 2020

  • COVID-19 Information for Patients

    The College of Optometrists of Ontario has been working closely with the Ministry of Health to keep optometrists up to date with the latest information relevant to optometry care. The public can find valuable information on the Ministry of Health website, including a self-assessment tool. The Ontario government is asking everyone to practice social distancing and…more

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  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • 2020 Council Elections – Voting Opens Soon

    Voting for the 2020 Council elections will open on Monday, September 28, 2020. Seven candidates are running for two seats in District 5 – Provincial Electoral District. The nominees are: Dr. Mark Eltis Dr. Mandip Gill Dr. Pooya Hemami Dr. Natalija Ilic Dr. Mohamed Moussa Dr. Areef Nurani Dr. Marta Witer Members may vote for…more

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  • Council Briefing Materials – May 14, 2020

    THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020AT 11:00 A.M.

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April 20, 2020

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – April 20, 2020

    Welcome to Council Council welcomed three new members: Public member Ms. Kathryn Biondi Public member Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal Professional member Dr. Lindy Mackey In addition, Ms. Biondi was appointed to the Discipline, Governance/HR, and Patient Relations committees; Mr. Dhaliwal to the Discipline and Quality Assurance (QA Panel) committees; and Dr. Mackey to the Discipline Committee….more

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  • Council Briefing Materials – April 20, 2020

    MONDAY APRIL 20, 2020AT 9:00 A.M.

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  • Council Highlights – January 17, 2020

    Welcome to Council & Election of Executive Officers Council welcomed two new members to their first meeting: Dr. Camy Grewal, Dr. William Ulakovic, as well as returning member Dr. Marta Witer. The Executive Committee was acclaimed as follows: Dr. Patrick Quaid, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President Dr. Camy Grewal Ms. Winona Hutchinson Mr. John Van…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights, April 24, 2019

    he College Council met on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Here are some highlights: Welcome to Council Council welcomed two new public members: Howard Kennedy and Narendra Shah. In addition, Council appointed Mr. Shah to the Discipline Committee. By-election Results District 6-Academic representative, Dr. Patricia Hrynchak informed the College that she would be resigning from her…more

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January 17, 2020

  • Schedule of Fees and Penalties

    Schedule of Fees and Penalties—Effective January 1, 2020 All of the following fees are in Canadian funds and subject to 13% HST.*College membership fees are non-refundable.**College membership fees are non-refundable, and the reduced rates are only approved for the year 2022.

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  • Prevention of Sexual Abuse

    In accordance with the College of Optometrists’ zero tolerance approach toward sexual abuse of patients and the requirements of the legislation, the College has a Patient Relations Program that comprises measures for preventing or dealing with the sexual abuse of patients by optometrists, including: educational requirements for members; guidelines for the conduct of members with…more

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  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

  • Council Meeting Highlights – Dec. 4, 2020

    Council met virtually on December 4, 2020 for the last scheduled meeting of the year, where President Dr. Patrick Quaid thanked two outgoing members for their service: Dr. Chris Nicol, who has been part of the College Council for 15 years and has served in a variety of roles, including President, Vice-President, and Interim Registrar….more

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  • Council Highlights – January 17, 2020

    Welcome to Council & Election of Executive Officers Council welcomed two new members to their first meeting: Dr. Camy Grewal, Dr. William Ulakovic, as well as returning member Dr. Marta Witer. The Executive Committee was acclaimed as follows: Dr. Patrick Quaid, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President Dr. Camy Grewal Ms. Winona Hutchinson Mr. John Van…more

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2019

December 9, 2019

  • How to Apply

    How to Apply for a Certificate of Registration Optometrists who wish to practise in Ontario are required to register with the College. To register, you must meet the requirements set by the College. North American and internationally educated graduates can review this section for an overview of the application process. For full details on the…more

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  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – April 20, 2020

    Welcome to Council Council welcomed three new members: Public member Ms. Kathryn Biondi Public member Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal Professional member Dr. Lindy Mackey In addition, Ms. Biondi was appointed to the Discipline, Governance/HR, and Patient Relations committees; Mr. Dhaliwal to the Discipline and Quality Assurance (QA Panel) committees; and Dr. Mackey to the Discipline Committee….more

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    See the March 16 update regarding urgent care only at optometry offices during COVID-19 Published Jan. 30, 2020Updated March 20, 2020 In December 2019, a new respiratory illness — novel coronavirus (COVID-19) — was identified in Wuhan, China. The virus is now being reported in numerous countries, including Canada. Those with the virus may present with mild to severe…more

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September 27, 2019

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – September 27, 2019

    Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed two new public members: Ms. Suzanne Allen and Ms. Winona Hutchinson. Council also took the opportunity to thank several outgoing members for their contributions: Dr. Bill Chisholm, Dr. Areef Nurani, Ms. Ellen Pekilis, as well as outgoing President Dr. Pooya Hemami, whose term ends in December. Council…more

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  • Council Briefing Materials – September 27, 2019

    FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 24, 2019

    Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed its new academic member Dr. Lisa Christian. The June 24 meeting also served as an opportunity to introduce Council to the incoming Registrar Maureen Boon. Policy Update Council approved updates to the Practice Locations – Reporting Requirements policy, which requires that optometrists report any and all practice locations to…more

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August 14, 2019

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

    More

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

    More

June 24, 2019

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – June 24, 2019

    Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed its new academic member Dr. Lisa Christian. The June 24 meeting also served as an opportunity to introduce Council to the incoming Registrar Maureen Boon. Policy Update Council approved updates to the Practice Locations – Reporting Requirements policy, which requires that optometrists report any and all practice locations to…more

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  • Proposed By-Law Amendments – We Want to Hear from You

    Background In late 2017, the College of Optometrists of Ontario undertook a review that resulted in changes to our governance structure. Some of these changes require us to update the College by-laws. Prior to updating the by-laws, we’re seeking feedback from optometrists, stakeholders, and the public on the proposed changes.  Proposed Amendments At the June…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights, April 24, 2019

    he College Council met on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Here are some highlights: Welcome to Council Council welcomed two new public members: Howard Kennedy and Narendra Shah. In addition, Council appointed Mr. Shah to the Discipline Committee. By-election Results District 6-Academic representative, Dr. Patricia Hrynchak informed the College that she would be resigning from her…more

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June 3, 2019

  • Discipline Decisions

    Decisions of the Discipline Committee The College is required to publish a summary of every discipline decision and the reasons for the decision in the College annual report and on the College website, including the College register. Discipline findings are available on the register and on the College website indefinitely. If the allegations are not…more

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  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – April 20, 2020

    Welcome to Council Council welcomed three new members: Public member Ms. Kathryn Biondi Public member Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal Professional member Dr. Lindy Mackey In addition, Ms. Biondi was appointed to the Discipline, Governance/HR, and Patient Relations committees; Mr. Dhaliwal to the Discipline and Quality Assurance (QA Panel) committees; and Dr. Mackey to the Discipline Committee….more

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  • Essilor/Clearly Injunction Supreme Court Appeal Update

    The College of Optometrists of Ontario and the College of Opticians of Ontario are disappointed that our application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in College of Optometrists of Ontario v. Essilor Group Inc., 2019 ONCA 265 to the Supreme Court of Canada was not granted. Our role as the regulators for the…more

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  • Proposed By-Law Amendments – We Want to Hear from You

    Background In late 2017, the College of Optometrists of Ontario undertook a review that resulted in changes to our governance structure. Some of these changes require us to update the College by-laws. Prior to updating the by-laws, we’re seeking feedback from optometrists, stakeholders, and the public on the proposed changes.  Proposed Amendments At the June…more

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April 24, 2019

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights, April 24, 2019

    he College Council met on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Here are some highlights: Welcome to Council Council welcomed two new public members: Howard Kennedy and Narendra Shah. In addition, Council appointed Mr. Shah to the Discipline Committee. By-election Results District 6-Academic representative, Dr. Patricia Hrynchak informed the College that she would be resigning from her…more

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  • 100 Years of Optometric Regulation

    This year, the College of Optometrists of Ontario is celebrating 100 years of optometric regulation. The profession has seen significant growth over that time, both in numbers (from the first four optometrist to register to the now more than 2500) and in professional practice. One thing that has not changed is our vision: to ensure…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights, January 18, 2019

    The College Council met on Friday, January 18, 2019. Here are some highlights: Executive Committee Election Council elected three officers to its 2019 Executive Committee: Dr. Pooya Hemami, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice President Dr. Patrick Quaid, Treasurer in addition to two public members who comprise the balance of the committee: Brian Rivait John Van…more

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January 18, 2019

  • Council Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College office is currently closed to in-person meetings and Council meetings are taking place via videoconference. Council meetings are open to the public – virtual meetings are live streamed for guests. Additional meeting details are provided on the Upcoming Events & Important Dates page approximately two weeks ahead of the meeting. …more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights – September 27, 2019

    Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed two new public members: Ms. Suzanne Allen and Ms. Winona Hutchinson. Council also took the opportunity to thank several outgoing members for their contributions: Dr. Bill Chisholm, Dr. Areef Nurani, Ms. Ellen Pekilis, as well as outgoing President Dr. Pooya Hemami, whose term ends in December. Council…more

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  • Council Meeting Highlights, January 18, 2019

    The College Council met on Friday, January 18, 2019. Here are some highlights: Executive Committee Election Council elected three officers to its 2019 Executive Committee: Dr. Pooya Hemami, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice President Dr. Patrick Quaid, Treasurer in addition to two public members who comprise the balance of the committee: Brian Rivait John Van…more

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  • Council Approves NBEO as Alternate Standards Assessment Examination

    On Friday, January 18, 2019,  Council passed a motion to approve the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination as an alternate standards assessment examination required for registration with the College. A message to members and stakeholders from the College President, Dr. Pooya Hemami can be found here. In order to be accepted for…more

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