Eye Health and Vision Care Partners
CAO partners with organizations that have an interest in advancing the role of eye health and vision care in Canada.
Canadian Council of the Blind
The Canadian Council of the Blind is a vibrant network of active members across Canada. Each chapter is unique to its geographic area and engages in a variety of social and recreational activities based on the particular interests of their local members.
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society represents eye physicians and surgeons, and is committed to assuring the provision of optimal medical and surgical eye care for all Canadians by promoting excellence in ophthalmology.
The CNIB Foundation is a national non-profit organization driven that delivers innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion.
Diabetes Canada is a national organization that serves as the national voice for millions living with diabetes or prediabetes, engaging in advocacy, education and research on their behalf.
Fighting Blindness Canada
Fighting Blindness Canada is a national organization that leads the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness, and ultimately restore hope and sight.
Opticians Association of Canada
Opticians Association of Canada represents licensed opticians in Canada, and is committed to supporting and promoting the profession.
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) is a not-for-profit national healthcare organization and the leading provider of rehabilitation therapy and healthcare services for individuals with vision loss.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is the national organization that supports more than 20,000 occupational therapists (OTs), occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) and students who work or study in Canada. OTs improve the health and well-being of Canadians by working in partnership with people and communities that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. CAOT provides resources, services and learning opportunities that assist OTs in achieving excellence in their professional practice. Additionally, CAOT provides leadership in the development and promotion of the occupational therapy profession in Canada and internationally.
Global Myopia Awareness Coalition ( GMAC)
Myopia is more than an epidemic. It’s a global crisis that many parents are not even aware of. Enter the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition—a diverse group of eye care companies, eye health associations, and providers locking arms to protect today’s youth from the short-term challenges and long-term effects of myopia.
Other Health Care Partners
CAO also works with other health care organizations on a variety of initiatives aimed at positively influencing the delivery of care across Canada’s health system.
CAO occasionally works with Government departments and agencies on initiatives to promote public education around eye health and vision care or to enhance delivery of eye care in various communities.
Indigenous Services Canada
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. ISC’s vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities