Separation of College and Association
Single-Mandate Regulatory College
On January 1, 2022, the Alberta College and Association of Opticians (ACAO) became the College of Opticians of Alberta (COA) with the 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.
The separation process means that the COA can no longer offer member programs and services, such as professional liability insurance, home and auto insurance, and retirement benefits. These programs will remain accessible to members in 2022 while the COA explores their transition to a new association for opticians.
A New Association for Alberta's Opticians
The COA Council established the Association Development Steering Committee to explore the establishment of a new association in Alberta. The steering committee members have been working hard to make this vision on a reality:
Dean Thompson, RO, RCLP (Chair)
Rick Miller, RO, RCLP
Ted Murdoch, RO
Valerie Pryma, RCLP
As a member of the association, you will have access to the following benefits:
TD Insurance Affinity Program
The TD Insurance Meloche Monnex program for opticians offers preferred insurance rates on a wide range of home and auto coverage that can be customized for your needs. For more information visit TD Insurance or call 1-877-777-7136 to speak to with a licensed advisor.
BMS Errors and Omissions Insurance
This exclusive member insurance program for opticians offered comprehensive coverage at a competitive price that meets and exceeds all provincial requirements. Apply for coverage here. Please return all applications to BMS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 1-844-200-7159 to speak with a broker.
Alberta Retired Teachers Association
The ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan made available opticians offers options for different levels of coverage. These options provide the freedom to select the coverage level that’s right for members and their families.
The Steering Committee wants to hear from Alberta’s opticians to inform the launch of the new association.
Please complete a brief survey to allow the COA to share your contact information with the Association Committee and to provide the Committee with your feedback about educational interests and needs.