Don’t know where to start? This guide will give you a general overview on getting started in Manitoba.

Disclaimer: the information presented may change without notice. Always consult with the latest updates from the college, ministry of health and the association and use at your own risk. 

Special thanks to Dr. Shaminder Dhaliwal for providing insider knowledge! 

Board Exam
Apply to MAO
Complete Registration
Start to Work!
Apply for MHSIP Number

Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming an OD in Canada.

Only graduates from an ACOE-accredited school* are recognized for registration. If you studied in Canada and USA, chances are your school is accredited. 


For international applicants (including UK, Australia), please consult FORAC for the latest requirements.  International applicants may require further education. 


* As of 2020, the only schools that have not received full accreditation are Chicago College of Optometry and Kentucky College of Optometry (Preliminary Approval). Their status may change in the future. 


Board Exam


The OEBC Written Exam and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is recognized by all 10 provinces for registration.

The OSCE is an objective assessment that has been widely adopted by health profession examining boards across the country and its aim is to provide a fair and standardized experience for all candidates. It includes 12 stations, where the candidate has two minutes to read a case and eight minutes to interact with a standardized patient (SP). 


Application Process:

  • Total cost is $5100 for both written and OSCE. 
  • Spring 2020 examination has been delayed due to the pandemic. Registration opens June 25 2020 for Fall 2020 exam.  Please check the OEBC website for the latest updates

Option 1: Complete the OEBC Written Exam in the Fall Session of 4th year and challenge the OSCE practicals in Spring Session after 4th year


Option 2: Complete the OEBC Written Exam AND OSCE practicals both in the Spring Session after 4th year

The NBEO Exam

The NBEO is NOT accepted in Manitoba for registration. 

Apply to MAO

Manitoba Association of OptometristsThe Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) acts as BOTH the provincial association, and regulatory board responsible for registration.



Complete MAO Application (Contact Wynne) 

Pay Application Fee $420 (GST included) with recent photo (notarized or Affidavit in office)

Original Optometry School transcripts (Sent directly by the universities)

Complete the Canadian Vulnerable Sector Police Check

(dated within 6 months of registration)

Criminal record checks from other jurisdictions if living outside Manitoba

( I.e. the city from where you graduated counts!)

Submit Original Exam Pass Letter from OEBC

Write the Jurisprudence Exam (1 hr, written at MAO office)

Tip: try to write before August!

Complete Registration

After all documents are received, your application will be reviewed at the next meeting by Board of Examiners. 

Proof of Professional Liability Insurance (PLI)

Tip: the CAO offers professional liability insurance (BMI) at $58 flat rate for first year grads! You need to have PLI before your first day of work.

Pay your Association Fees (pro-rated for the remainder of year)


Start to Work!

Once you have been issued your registration certificate, you may begin to work as an optometrist in Manitoba

Paying Association Fee (Next Calendar Year)

50% off full membership fee (new grad discount) : $3500/2 = $1750

    • These payments are due in two installments, December and July
      • If you graduated in 2020, your first pro-rated payment would be from when you get your license to Dec 31st, 2020.
      • Your payment for 2021 would be due in two installments of $875 by December 31st, 2020, and again July 1st, 2021.
Apply for MHSIP Number

You will need to register for Manitoba Health in order to bill for any insured services. Please contact Manitoba Health for the registration process:


Practitioner Registry


  • Click here for more information on claiming process.
  • Click here for the Electronic Claims System manual.

Contact Information

Last Updated May 29, 2020