British Columbia Government Amendments to Regulations

The Government of British Columbia issued a news release on March 19, 2010 announcing the introduction of a series of changes that it says “will modernize the way in which British Columbians get their glasses and contact lenses and give them more choice“. The province gave six weeks’ notice that effective May 1, 2010, changes will be made to the regulations for opticians and optometrists under the Health Professions Act.

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The Canadian Association of Optometrists opposes the amendments. We believe the health and safety of the public is at serious risk. We are asking the British Columbia government to reverse the implementation until such time as consultations have been held and a review of regulatory practices in other jurisdictions has been conducted.

We encourage you to read the CAO Backgrounder and Position Statement and CAO Media Release (see below). If you share our concerns, please send a letter to the Honourable Kevin Falcon, BC Minister of Health Services and Premier Gordon Campbell If you live in British Columbia, contact your provincial MLA. The MLA finder is at the following link:


British Columbia Public Service Announcements