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. In this section, you’ll find information about the registration process for both North American and internationally educated graduates.
If you wish to apply for registration in Ontario and require accommodation for special needs, or would like to communicate in French, the College would be pleased to accommodate you. Contact the College by email or by phone at 416-479-9295 or toll-free at (833) 402-4819.
Si vous désirez appliquer pour obtenir un permis en vue d’être autorisé à exercer l’optométrie en Ontario, ou vous avez des besoins spéciaux ou aimeriez communiquer en français, le Collège se fera un plaisir de vous accommoder. Contactez nous par couriel ou tel 416-479-9295 ou sans frais au (833) 402-4819.
The following flow charts illustrate the application process for:
Applicants are encouraged to contact the College to determine if there are acceptable registration requirements. For example, there may be acceptable variations in the documents required for Registration. Please feel free to contact the College at:
65 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 900, Toronto, ON M4T 2Y3
Toll-Free (833) 402-4819
All required supporting documents, or their acceptable variations, are retained by the College unless the applicant wishes to terminate the application process at which time the documents are returned to the applicant and no copies are kept at the College.
If you wish to practise optometry in Ontario you must hold a General Certificate of Registration issued by the College of Optometrists of Ontario. If you have a full-time faculty appointment at a university or in an optometric educational facility in the Province of Ontario approved by the College of Optometrists of Ontario and you are required to practise optometry in the course of your employment, you must be a member of the College and may apply for an Academic Certificate of Registration.
The Registration Regulation sets out the requirements for the issuance of a Certificate of Registration.
Initially, the Registrar considers each application for registration. If the Registrar is satisfied that all of the registration requirements have been met, the applicant is issued a Certificate of Registration. If the Registrar has doubts about whether or not the applicant meets the requirements for registration, or if the Registrar intends to refuse the application or to attach terms, conditions or limitations to the Certificate of Registration, the application is referred to the Registration Committee. The applicant has the right to submit a written submission for the Committee’s consideration with respect to their application.
If the applicant is not satisfied with the Registration Committee’s decision, he or she may request an appeal of the decision before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board in the form of either an oral hearing or a document review. The Board’s decision may be further appealed to the Divisional Court.
Detailed information regarding timelines is included in each application package. Applications for registration are open for two years from the date they are received by the College. Most applicants are able to complete the application process in less than one year. The College communicates in detail with applicants throughout the application process, confirming when requirements are met and/or are still outstanding at each step of the process. It may take up to 10 business days to finalize registration following receipt of the pro-rated membership fee as well as all required administrative forms.