Become a Member

Association Matters

At CAO we work to help you become more successful in your practice. From advocating on your behalf with government, educating the public, developing research and practice guidelines, working to modernize the insurance industry, and providing opportunities for networking, we are here to serve you. 


CAO Membership, available only through your provincial association, allows you to contribute and connect with colleagues from across the country through events, education, conferences, publications, research and networking.

Member Benefits:

  • Have your practice listed through the national online "Find a Doc" search tool
  • Have your voice heard. We get in front of the right people to make things happen
  • Stay current through publications including a free subscription to the Canadian Journal of Optometry and weekly member newsletter, Contact
  • Educate your staff through the certified Canadian Optometric Assistant (CCOA) program
  • Access the member website - including, resource library, private messaging, and much more
  • Post jobs on our job board
  • Rely on us to conduct research, develop national policies and convene optometric leaders

Enjoy special rates and discounts:

  • Best in class Professional Liability Insurance (except Québec and Ontario where provincial programs exist)
  • Private label lens and frame programs
  • The Personal Home and Auto Insurance
  • TD Bank Financial Services for Optometrists and Optometry Students
  • TD Merchant Solutions 


CAO student membership is free and students receive a wide array of benefits. CAO believes in supporting our future practitioners and has created a variety of tools to help them on their way. 

Student Benefits

  • Resource Library
  • Job Board & Classifieds
  • Canadian Journal of Optometry
  • Discussion Forum
  • Complimentary Business Cards 
  • White Coat Ceremony
  • Contact Newsletter &  Member News Topics