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Welcome to the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) website.

The International Optometric Bridging Program is designed to provide optometrists educated outside Canada and the United States with a structured orientation to Canadian standards of optometric practice. The program provides qualified applicants with opportunities to gain the critical language, academic and clinical skills necessary for registration in Canada.

Registration as an optometrist is provincially regulated and requirements vary slightly from province to province. It is strongly recommended that interested applicants research the specific registration requirements in the province(s) that are of most interest.

The International Optometric Bridging Program is designed to prepare applicants to move forward to the Optometry Examining Board of Canada exam (OEBC); the examinations necessary for registration to practise optometry in Canada.

  1. Nov. 8, 2017Program Update

    Due to the steady decrease in Bridging One eligible candidates referred by the Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FORAC), the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) no longer has sufficient numbers to sustain this program.  In fairness to those who are currently eligible for Bridging One, they will be immediately eligible for Bridging Two.  

  2. Oct. 31, 20172018 Bridging Two Program date determined

    The Bridging Two program is set to begin on Monday, February 5th, 2018.

    The International Optometric Bridging Program has sent out offers of admission to 18 applicants.

  3. Oct. 27, 2017The Bridging One Program has been discontinued

    Due to the steady decrease in Bridging One eligible candidates, the Bridging One program has been discontinued. However, the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) will continue to offer the Bridging Two program.

    All current Bridging One eligible applicants will be considered for Bridging Two.

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