• COVID-19 & Optometry Care
    Information for patients and optometrists:
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  • Vulnerable Sector Checks

    To register as an optometrist in Ontario, you must not have been found guilty in relation to a criminal offence in any jurisdiction, including offences under the Criminal Code (Canada), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada), or Food and Drugs Act (Canada).

    To prove that you have met this requirement, you must provide the College with a Vulnerable Sector (VS) check from your current jurisdiction in Canada as well as any past jurisdiction(s) in which you have practised. The VS check verifies whether you have a criminal record or any record suspensions for sexual offences, and searches local police records for information relevant to the VS check. Any information that can be legally disclosed will be provided to you. The results of a VS check must be dated within six months of your registration. If you do not register within six months of the date the results were issued by the police, you will be required to submit an updated CPIC VS check.

    Toronto Applicants Only:

    During COVID-19, the College is providing the consent form for Toronto Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening by email. Contact Hanan Jibry to receive the consent form by email. Visit the Toronto Police Services website for more information about submitting the consent form and applicable fees.