Information for Employers and
The College of Opticians of Ontario regulates the practice of opticianry to protect and serve the public
interest. While the College does not regulate businesses or eyewear dispensaries, it nevertheless serves
an important role in ensuring that the dispensing of prescription eyewear is carried out in accordance
with the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Opticianry Act, and related legislation and regulations.
Under Ontario law, no person other than a registered member of the College of Opticians of Ontario,
the College of Optometrists of Ontario, or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is
authorized to dispense prescription eyewear, contact lenses, or subnormal vision devices to the public
(Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, s. 27(2)(9)).
Individuals who employ opticians or who own or operate a business that sells or dispenses eyewear
must familiarize themselves with their legal obligations under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the
Opticianry Act, the Personal Health Information Protection Act, and all related legislation and
All individuals who employ opticians or operate an eyewear-related business, or who intend to do so,
should contact a qualified legal professional for advice regarding their legal duties and obligations.
For additional information, see the sections on Mandatory Reporting Obligations