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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

Reporting Health Privacy Breaches

According to new rules under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), all health information custodians in Ontario, including optometrists, are now required to report statistics relating to health privacy breaches on an annual basis to the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. A report will set out the number of times…more

Remembering Dr. Irving Baker

Registrar of the College of Optometrists of Ontario 1967-1996 With sadness, the College announces the passing of its long-time former Registrar, Dr. Irving Baker, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in his 98th year. Dr. Baker was a visionary whose tireless dedication to the public interest and the profession moved optometry to be recognized as the…more

Member & Stakeholder Consultation – Alternate Entry-to-Practice Examination

Council is considering a recommendation to approve the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Examination as an alternate standards assessment required for registration in Ontario. Read the full memo here. List of acronyms provided here.Read the briefing materials of the November 5, 2018 Council teleconference here.Read the FAQ document regarding this proposal here.NEW Read the…more

2018 College Council Election Results

On Thursday, October 25, an election was held in District 5 – Provincial Electoral District for one position.The following member has been elected for a 3 year term: District 5 – Provincial – Dr. Annie Micucci  The following members have also been acclaimed for a 3-year term: District 1 – GTA – Dr. Linda Chan…more

Council Meeting Highlights, September 25, 2018

The College Council met on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Here are some highlights: Volunteer Recognition Council President, Dr. Pooya Hemami, presented a certificate of recognition to Dr. Dino Mastronardi, councillor from the Western Electoral District, who after nine years has finished his term on Council. The College is indebted to Dino for his exceptional contributions…more

Volunteer with the College

Members – want to have a lasting impact on the health of Ontarians? Want to help guide the profession, share your knowledge, and work with your fellow practitioners? Consider a volunteer opportunity with the College. We’re always looking for engaged, enthusiastic members to sit on committees or work as peer assessors. Volunteers are critical to…more

Call for Nominations: 2018 Council Elections

Nominations are now being accepted for the upcoming Council election. This election is required under Part 6 of the College by-laws. It will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The three-year term of the newly elected councillors will begin on January 18, 2019, at the first regular Council meeting following the election. Elections will…more

College response to Competition Bureau

The College of Optometrists of Ontario’s response to “Bureau encourages online competition in eyewear industry,” an article published July 26, 2018 by Competition Bureau Canada: The College of Optometrists of Ontario and the College of Opticians of Ontario firmly believe the internet can be an effective tool for dispensing prescription eyewear, enhancing access and convenience in…more