Strategic Partners

We believe that Canadians deserve access to the highest standard of vision care across the country and work with our partners to advocate for optimal vision for all Canadians.


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.

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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.

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CNIB Foundation

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.

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Diabetes Canada

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.

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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.

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Opticians Association of Canada

Opticians Association of Canada represents licensed opticians in Canada, and is committed to supporting and promoting the profession.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Health Action Lobby

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) a coalition of 40 national health organizations committed to sustaining and enhancing the health of Canadians, and in the continuous improvement of fair, equitable, efficient and effective health services and system(s).

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Extended Health Care Providers

This organization consists of eight associations (distinct from nursing and medicine), working to ensure an agile and responsive approach to health care issues that ensures the contributions of all health professions are understood, appreciated and optimized.


Government Partners

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

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