Regulation - LGIC

College of Opticians of Ontario - Registration Requirements

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 869/93
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Opticianry Act, 1991
Summary of Decision:
This issue requires further consideration.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
No new administrative cost for business.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
March 2, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
College Introduction

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 26 health regulatory colleges governing 28 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.

Under the RHPA and the Opticianry Act, 1991, the College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) is responsible for governing the profession of opticianry in Ontario. Under these Acts, the COO has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including registration, subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Summary of Proposal

Individuals who wish to practice opticianry in Ontario must be registered with the College of Opticians of Ontario (COO). To register, applicants must meet the requirements set by the COO. The Registration Regulation sets out the requirements for the issuance of a Certificate of Registration to ensure that members deliver safe, ethical and high quality vision care to members of the public.

Some of the proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation include the following:

• Introduction of a new inactive class of certificates of registration intended for existing registered opticians who temporarily do not intend to practise the profession (examples: illness or parental leave) or who work in a non-practising role (e.g., in a laboratory);

• Elimination of the registered student class of certificates. Pursuant to Section 29(1) (b) of the RHPA, students are able to practise under supervision. Removing student registration would bring the COO in line with most other health profession regulators in Ontario;

• Changes to registration requirements (some of which include provisions to deal with applicants who make false or misleading statements on their applications and the scope of the members' obligations to report offences, findings of professional misconduct, incompetency or incapacity, and other relevant conduct); and,

• A new currency requirement for registered opticians to ensure that they have up-to-date knowledge, skills and/or judgment in the profession.

The proposed regulation was originally circulated to members and stakeholders for feedback between August 10, 2016 and November 9, 2016.

To view and respond to the proposed amendments, please use the following link to the COO's website:

Alternatively, the COO may be contacted with the following information listed below:
Contact Address:
Contact: Melanie Woodbeck, Manager, Professional Programs
Address: The College of Opticians of Ontario, 85 Richmond Street West, Suite 902, Toronto, ON M5H 2C9
Telephone: (416) 368-3616 Extension 205
Toll-Free Telephone: 1-800-990-9793 Extension 205
Facsimile: (416) 368-2713
Toll-Free Facsimile: 1-800-990-9698
Effective Date:
October 17, 2017