Close up of eye and half of woman's faceVision and Mission

Vision: A leading regulator focused on safe eye care and progressive practice.

Mission: To regulate Ontario’s optometry profession in the public interest.

Our Responsibility is to the Public of Ontario

The College has the legislated duty to protect the public interest. There are a number of ways we ensure that optometrists provide quality patient care that meets the standards of practice, including:

  • setting the qualifications required to enter practice;
  • setting the conditions to maintain registration;
  • developing quality assurance programs to promote clinical excellence;
  • promoting safe and ethical practice by our members;
  • developing professional and ethical standards and guidelines; and
  • responding openly, fairly and with authority when complaints arise.

If an individual has a problem of any kind with their optometrist or the care they have received, the College is here to help. All complaints are dealt with confidentially and both optometrists and their patients are treated with respect. Solutions are reached which provide fair treatment for patients and opportunities for learning and improvement for optometrists. When appropriate, the College will discipline a member who breaches a regulation or fails to maintain the profession’s standards for practice or behaviour.

Strategic Plan 2020-2023

Developed through consultation with and feedback from the Strategic Planning Committee, Council, and staff, the College’s new strategic plan includes a new mission, vision, values and strategic priorities.

This plan is intended to guide Council, committees and staff moving forward and communicate
the right message to optometrists, the public and relevant stakeholders.

A summary document is also available.