College of Optometrists of Ontario: Creation of Emergency Class Certificate of Registration
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Optometry Act, 1991
Summary of Proposal:
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.
The RHPA was amended in October 2022 to reduce barriers to registration and require Colleges to establish an Emergency Class. To meet this requirement, the College of Optometrists of Ontario is proposing to amend its Registration Regulation made under the Optometry Act, 1991, to add an emergency class certificate of registration among other changes.
The proposed regulation amendments are subject to prior review by the Minister of Health and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed regulation amendment is not anticipated to result in increased administrative costs to members and/or businesses as it creates additional pathways for new health professionals to begin practicing their profession in Ontario.
March 8, 2023
Comments Due Date:
April 24, 2023
Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch
Nursing and Professional Practice Division
438 University Avenue, 10th Floor
Toronto ON M5G 2K8