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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 Optometry Examining Board of Canada exam (OEBC); the examinations necessary for registration to practise optometry in Canada.

  1. Sep. 8, 2017New Director & Program Manager, International Optometric Bridging Program

    After 5 years as Director of the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP), Dr. Murray Turnour has retired. The IOBP would like to thank Dr. Turnour for his passion and dedication to the program and wish him all the best as he embraces this new chapter in his life.

    Dr. Jenna Bright, previous IOBP Program Manager, has accepted the Director’s position.  Dr. Bright brings a wealth of experience having worked for the IOBP for the past 8 years.

  2. Aug. 18, 2016Tentative Program dates and tuition fees for 2017

    Tentative start dates and tuition fees for 2017 programs are as follows:

    Bridging Two - One year program tentative start date and tuition fees:

    Monday, February 6th, 2017*

    Tuition - $34,000*

    Bridging One - Four month program tentative start date and tuition fees:

    Monday, April 24th, 2017*

    Tuition - $17,000*

    *Subject to change. Please check back for updates and/or changes.

  3. Sep. 18, 2014Prior Learning Assessment dates determined for February 2015

    The February 2015 administration of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) will take place February 5, 6 and 7.

    Registration will open November 12 at 11:00am 2014 and will close December 12, 2014 or when the maximum number of registrants has been reached.

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