Last updated 12 October 2021

Transition to the College of Opticians of Alberta
On January 1, 2022, the Alberta College and Association of Opticians (ACAO) will formally become the College of Opticians of Alberta (COA). It is an exciting time for our organization as we streamline our operations to focus on a sole mandate to protect the Alberta public.

Bill 46 introduced by the Government of Alberta in December 2020 requires all dual-mandate health colleges and associations to separate. Opticians in Alberta will continue to be licensed and regulated by the COA, but all association-specific activities will be discontinued. Learn more about our transition in the latest issue of The Registrar magazine.

What does this mean for licensed opticians?
One of the main impacts of this change is a reduction in licensure fees for Alberta’s opticians. As a result of streamlining our operations, the ACAO Council approved a 20% fee reduction, effective for the 2022 renewal period.

However, the separation process also means that the COA can no longer offer member programs such as professional liability insurance, home and auto insurance, and retirement benefits.

The Council has established a steering committee to explore how these services might be transitioned to a new optician association in Alberta. Members also have the option to obtain national membership with the Opticians Association of Canada.

Learn More
The ACAO will be posting updates on the transition process in the coming months. Please check this page or follow us on social media to review the latest information.

For questions about the transition process, please contact our Executive Director and Registrar, Jennifer Bertrand, at


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