Specsavers –  Bayshore Shopping Centre, Ottawa ON


At Specsavers, we’ve been driven by our purpose of changing lives through better sight for over 35 years. We’re the world’s largest, privately-owned optical retailer serving 41 million customers in over 2,500 businesses in 11 countries. But we’re not just impressive numbers, we’re about industry-leading quality. Founded and led by two optometrists, we’re committed to provide advanced equipment, product excellence, comprehensive training, and global clinical leadership – all tailored to you and the needs of your customers and patients.

Opticians are at the heart of our purpose to make expert care available to all.  Like you, we know the value and expertise licensed and registered opticians bring to eyecare for customers and patients – that’s why we’re on a mission to elevate the role of all opticians in Canada from within. We believe in supporting the growth of the next generation of opticians through immersive student placement experiences that not only enable you to successfully complete the program requirements set out by your college – but also to empower you in providing the best eyecare and eyewear for your customers.


Your student co-op placement opportunity

We’re dedicating the time and resources to ensure that you get the most out of your placement experiences. Under the supervision and delegation of Licensed/Registered Opticians, you will be provided an immersive and supportive environment to deepen your knowledge and experience. We have a strong track record in providing student opticians with opportunities for a rewarding career as you move along the path in becoming the eyecare professionals you aspire to be.

What are the benefits of completing a co-op placement at Specsavers?

  • Product excellence: We use the latest clinical technology, with rigorous testing and extensive quality assurance processes, to develop our lenses and make sure that you can provide your customers and patients with a full range of top-quality products that you’re proud to offer.
  • Opportunities for growth: We provide continuous development even after your time as a student. It’s important to us that you feel your development is aligned to your personal career aspirations, and this could even include starting your own retail store in the future with our support.
  • Support: Experienced Specsavers opticians will serve as preceptors to the next generation of opticians, by mentoring students and assisting with the development of our people to continuously deliver high standards of services. As you move through your career, you’ll find Specsavers at the forefront of supporting the growth of opticians who hold key qualifications and expertise in the business.
  • Amazing perks: Enjoy three weeks’ vacation, six sick days (PT and FT), one paid volunteer day per year, your birthday off, an annual birthday gift of two pairs of glasses or a years’ supply of contact lenses, and discounted rates for additional Specsavers products. 
  • A global network: You have an ability to make your impact on community eyecare laddering up to a collective impact on a global eye health agenda with the world’s largest network of eye health professionals


What we’re looking for


You will need to be enrolled as a student in a recognized opticianry program. Beyond your student status, you’re passionate about eyecare and are committed to exceptional customer experience and patient care.

Is this you? Great!

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