Midwives are highly skilled primary care providers who are fully integrated into Ontario’s family health system. At the College, our role is to set the standard of professional practice for registered midwives and to ensure midwives work within evidence-based practice guidelines to deliver safe and effective care.
We regulate midwifery in the public interest to make sure that the Ontario public and families who choose to work with a midwife can trust and feel confident in that choice.
Our work relies on midwives, stakeholders, clients, and members of the public all doing their part to keep midwifery at a high standard in Ontario.
Clients, former clients, and members of the public are invited to become involved in the College’s activities.
In keeping with our guiding principles of accountability and transparency, we consult regularly with midwives, midwifery and regulatory organizations, and the public.
We list open consultations on our website and publish the comments we have received in closed consultations. Refer to the consultations page to see whether we have any open consultations at this time.
The College’s work is overseen by a Council which sets the strategic direction of the College and ensures our long-term success. Council also holds staff accountable for the way we fulfill our regulatory mandate and duties. The College’s Council includes both midwives and members of the public. You can apply to become a public member of Council through the Public Appointments Secretariat.
Midwives wishing to become members of the College’s Council can submit their name to run in the annual elections. Find more information on Council elections.
Council meetings are always open to the public and observers are welcome. We also post all of our materials online in advance of the meetings. Read more about our Council.
Become a Committee Member
The College of Midwives of Ontario Council and committee members make decisions in the public interest considering an understanding of the midwifery profession and the environments in which it is practised.
Public participation is important and necessary in fulfilling the public interest mandate of the College. Public members serving on College committees bring their own knowledge and expertise to the decision-making process and regulatory work.
Members of the public are invited to apply to become a public member of one of the College’s committees. Find out more about becoming a public committee member here.
Complaints and Concerns
To ensure the quality of midwifery care, the College sets professional standards of practice, maintains a quality assurance program, decides what education is needed for Ontario’s midwives, and investigates and responds to issues about midwives.
The College of Midwives of Ontario expects midwives to meet the high standard of care we set. If you are concerned about the care that you received from your midwife, you can file a complaint with the College.
Keep in Touch
The College sends out regular communications on our email newsletter, and posts to our social media channels. You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page and click the buttons to find our social media pages.