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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.

  1. May 22, 20182019 Program

    The 2019 Bridging Program will begin on Monday January 28th and tuition is set at $47,326.

    Offers of admission are anticipated to be sent out in early October, 2018.  Admission for the IOBP is based on IGOEE scores that are placed in rank order. Meeting the minimum eligibility threshold on the IGOEE does not guarantee an offer of admission to the IOBP.

    Currently the demand for the IOBP exceeds program capacity and we are limited to offering 18 spaces for the 2019 program.

  2. 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.  

  3. 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.

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