Canadian opticianry links

To access information on opticianry in Canada, please see the links below to provincial and national optician organizations.

NACOR works collaboratively through a national forum to support Canadian Provincial Regulators in areas such as:

  • Competencies for Opticians
  • Accreditation of Continuing Education
  • Professional Examinations
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

OAC promotes Licensed Opticians and the profession; to develop and maintain a professional standard of knowledge and proficiency in our occupational field, and to educate and inform vision care consumers about matters related to their eye health.

To that end, the Association strives to ensure high quality products and services are provided, in Canada by its Opticians, and to promote the highest standard of education for those Opticians. In addition, the Association is mandated to review legislation affecting the eye care industry and to seek changes where deemed necessary.

Licensed Optician - What is a Licensed Optician? How can I become a Licensed Optician?

A licensed optician is an optic specialist. They are the expert you need when looking for advice on optical products such as glasses and contacts. To advise you effectively, opticians go through a rigorous process to obtain their certification.

To learn more about licensed opticians and becoming an optician see: or

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NBAO is the professional association which represents Doctors of Optometry in New Brunswick. The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) defines an optometrist as “an independent primary health care provider who specializes in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disease and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of ocular manifestations of systemic conditions.