Every year, the Ordre des optométristes du Québec (the Order) meets with graduating students at the Université de Montréal’s School of Optometry (ÉOUM) in April or May specifically to explain the process of issuing a permit to practice optometry and registering on the Roll. To complete this process, candidates must do the following:
- Take the necessary steps to obtain professional liability insurance coverage (see the Association des optométristes du Québec — AOQ) and then fill out and submit the form for registration on the Roll to the Order, along with the required payment of the professional dues.
- Participate in the swearing-in and permit presentation ceremonies of the ÉOUM convocation event (if you cannot participate, your permit will be mailed to you, subject to confirmation from the ÉOUM that you have earned the diploma)
Once optometrists are registered on the Roll of the Order, the Order will forward the necessary information and confirmations to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). From that point on, optometrists will obtain information about their remuneration from the RAMQ. Fees will be paid retroactively, where appropriate, based on the date of registration on the Roll (which is generally the date of the swearing-in ceremony).
Professional dues must be paid the first time optometrists register on the Roll. For 2015-2016, this amount was $896.10 and included the contribution to the Office des professions du Québec.