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  • College Council Elections

    The College of Optometrists is guided by the decisions and policies made through our Council and Committees. The College Council serves as a board of directors and is responsible for setting policies in the public interest. Committees are responsible for ensuring those policies are implemented and enforced.

    Council Election Background:

    College by-laws state that:

    • At least 60 days prior to the election, the Registrar will invite members to submit nominations in the districts where elections are to be held in that year.
    • Members must submit a written nomination form to the Registrar no later than 30 days before the election.
      • If a Council seat becomes vacant in the first two years of a Council member’s term, the Registrar may hold a by-election to fill the vacancy and determine the deadlines and election dates as appropriate.
    • Members must reside and/or practice optometry in the district in which they are seeking election.
    • Members must be in good standing with the College to run.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Do I Run for an Elected Position on Council?

    The nomination process is simple. Submit your written nomination form by email, mail, or fax to the College Registrar 30 days prior to the election date.

    Council elections are generally called in the fall.

    What Information Can I Provide Optometrists in My District?

    Nominees cannot send out information directly to other optometrists.

    Nominees are asked to provide the College with a bio that outlines their academic, practice and volunteer experience (250-word maximum).

    The College will also ask each nominee to provide a statement (100 words or less) that sets out how they propose to ensure public protection if elected.  Statements will be reviewed to ensure they reflect the College’s public-interest mandate, do not suggest that Council members do not represent their district and are not advocacy/self-promotion. Nominees must revise any statements not found to be appropriate. Bios and statements will be publicly available on the College website in advance of voting.

    What Can I Expect to Do if I Am Elected to Council?

    Elected Council members are expected to attend all Council meetings, which are generally held four times per year (January, April, June, and September) at the College office in Toronto. Additional teleconferences may be called in between Council meetings as needed. Council members may be appointed to one or more Committees, which hold meetings and teleconferences throughout the year.

    Can I be involved with a College Committee instead of running for an elected position on Council?

    If you are interested in participating on a statutory committee, you can apply as a non-Council Committee member rather than running for a seat on Council. Calls for volunteers go out in the fall.