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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

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

Request for Proposals: Website Design and Development

The College of Optometrists of Ontario is inviting proposals from organizations interested in designing and developing a new College website. As the first point-of-contact with stakeholders, the College website is an important tool for communicating with both optometrists and the public. The College is looking to refresh its current website to support the increase in…more

Ontario Increases Restrictions to Stay-at-Home Order

Yesterday, the provincial government announced increased restrictions to the current stay-at-home order, which has been extended by two weeks. These restrictions do not affect health care services, including optometry. Optometrists continue to follow the College’s COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control guidance, as well as the Ministry of Health guidance. The College continues to keep abreast of changing restrictions…more

Ontario Emergency Order Effective April 8, 2021

The Ontario government has declared a third state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which took effecton April 8, 2021. The state of emergency includes a stay-at-home order that requires citizens to stay home except for essential purposes, such as accessing grocery stores, pharmacies, health care services (including getting vaccinated), exercise, and for work that cannot…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

College of Optometrists Submits College Performance Measurement Framework report

“How well are Ontario’s regulatory health colleges protecting the public interest?” This is the question the Ministry of Health is asking health regulatory colleges to answer through the College Performance Measurement Framework (CPMF), which was launched in 2020. Health regulatory colleges exist to protect the public interest. To help the public understand how well colleges…more

The College Needs You: Become a Quality Assurance Assessor

Looking for ways to share your expertise, work with the College in its public interest mandate, and make a lasting impact on vision and eye care? Consider volunteering with the College as a Quality Assurance (QA) Assessor. WHY APPLY?Becoming an assessor has many benefits, including broadening your professional horizons, contributing to self-regulation of optometry and…more

College Phone System

The College has recently upgraded its phone answering system to better answer the calls we receive. The new system asks callers to identify whether they are a member of the public, an Ontario optometrist, a practitioner from another jurisdiction, or a student – and will redirect calls to the appropriate resource or staff. This new…more

Message from the President – New Registrar and CEO

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough and exhaustive Registrar Search process with more than 100 applications, our Registrar Search Committee, with the help of a highly reputable professional search firm (Waterhouse Executive Search), has selected a new Registrar and CEO. We are delighted to announce that Mr. Joe Jamieson has been selected…more