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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 programs provide 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 programs are designed to prepare applicants to move forward to the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO); the examinations necessary for registration to practise optometry in Canada.

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