The College of Opticians of British Columbia partnership with Opticianry regulators across Canada led to the development of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) which was established to allow License Opticians who meet specific criteria to move more easily across the country. The MRA has now been signed by nine of the ten provincial authorities. They are: British Columbia Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
License Opticians currently licensing and practicing in any other Canadian province will be accepted in British Columbia, without additional examination or training.
An applicant for a certificate of registration as a License Optician who, at the time he/she applies, is licensed or registered, and in good standing, in another province or territory of Canada to dispense either eye glasses or contact lenses, will be accepted for registration in the similar category provided that he/she meets the general registration requirements. A License Optician from Quebec or Ontario will be accepted as a registrant in both eyeglasses and contact lenses
Of the seven steps to registration a nationally registered applicant must successfully complete steps 1, 2.5 and 7.
1. Applicant Applies for Registration with COBC
2. Preliminary Assessment of Application / Initial Intake
2.5 Letter of registration or licensure (letter of good standing)
7. Proceed to COBC Registration
7.1 Proof of insurance
7.2 Solemn declaration
7.3 Criminal records check
7.4 Payment of fees
How to apply as an MRA applicant from another province?
If you are licensed to dispense dispense eyeglasses only or eyeglasses and contact lenses, provide the College the following:
1. Written request
2. Letter of good standing from your home province confirming your status to be sent directly to the College of Opticians of British Columbia)
For online registration please click here. You may also download the Registration Package to complete and submit to the College.
See the Mutual Recognition Agreement here.