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:

If you live in the City of Toronto, you must obtain a consent form in person from the College, where your identification will be verified. The Toronto Police Service does not allow the College to send this form to applicants by email, mail, or fax. After your identification is established, an authorized staff member will sign the form. A corporate cheque, certified cheque, or money order in the amount of $65.00, made payable to Toronto Police Service, must accompany the form. You can either mail this material to the following address or drop it in the box located in the Toronto Police Service lobby:

Toronto Police Service
Police Reference Check Program
40 College Street
Toronto ON M5G 2J3

Important: You must call ahead to book an appointment with College staff. Our number is 416-962-4071. Our hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.