Federal Advocacy

Use your connections to help make change!

Starting now, and throughout the Fall 2023 Parliamentary session, we invite everyone to get involved in supporting the swift passage of Bill C-284, An Act to establish a national strategy for eye care.

Have your friends, family, staff and patients sign the petition encouraging the federal government take action now.  Simply print off multiple copies and encourage those in your network to sign the Petition.

Once a minimum of 25 signatures have been collected, please mail the paper petitions to CAO.

Download & Print the Petition!

What Is Bill C-284?

In June 2022, the Honorable MP Judy Sgro (Humber River - Black Creek) introduced Bill C-284: An Act to establish a national strategy for eye care. The bill aims to improve eye care and invest in vision research to address preventable blindness.

View our key goals for Bill C-284, An Act to establish a national strategy for eye care (CAO infographic).

How else can you help?

As optometrists, your voice is important. Send a pre-written email to your MP urging them to support a comprehensive National Eye Care Strategy and pass swiftly Bill C-284. It takes just one minute to send an email. Help us prioritize eye care in Canada, and to ensure healthy eyes and clear vision for all Canadians.

Please join our call to action and help ensure this vision becomes a reality. Send an email to your MP today.


The time is now! Enrol in CAO's advocacy training!

CAO offers advocacy training to our member optometrists who are interested in engaging with their local federal members of parliament.

In 30 minutes over Zoom, you will learn our priorities at the federal level and more about how the federal government can demonstrate leadership in vision policy. You will learn how to speak to your local politician in terms that they understand, leaving with tips and tricks for meeting success.

Your voice matters!
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