Working in Ontario
Optometrists in Ontario are regulated by the College of Optometrists of Ontario. Internationally trained optometrists should contact the College directly to find out how to register as an optometrist in Ontario.
Entry to practice requirements: You can find information on how you can practise as a regulated optometrist in Ontario on HealthForceOntario.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
University of WaterlooInternational Optometric Bridging Program
This program helps internationally trained optometrists get licensed and find employment in their field. Participants receive academic, occupation-specific language training, workplace culture and communication training and the opportunity for clinical placements.
Telephone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37882
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HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.
College of Optometrists of Ontario
2nd Floor, 6 Crescent Road
Toronto, ON M4W 1T1
Toll Free (in Ontario) 1-888-825-2554
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