Note: This article was originally published in our Summer 2019 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated.
Dear midwives, stakeholders and members of the public,
As you know in May and June, the College conducted a public consultation on the proposed changes to our Fees and Remuneration By-law to increase membership fees for October 1, 2019. Making this decision was not easy for Council or the College, however it was necessary in order for the College to continue fulfilling its mandate of regulating in the public interest.
I am pleased to report that Council after reviewing and approving the College’s financials has agreed to lower the expected increase in membership fees for the General class by $50. You can read more about the feedback we received in this issue. Going forward, the College will continue to make every effort to evaluate its spending year over year to ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible.
This past May, I was fortunate to attend the Ontario Midwives Conference. The College’s Policy Analyst, Shivani Sharma participated on a panel about Expert Opinions created a good dialogue that showcased the College’s and Association’s different perspectives. Members in attendance asked great questions and came away with a knowledge of the process in securing expert opinions from both a regulatory and association perspective.
I would like to take a moment to thank our outgoing Public member, Jennifer Lemon, for her contributions to Council and the College over the past 6 years and wish her well on her future endeavours.
I am also pleased to present the College’s Annual Report for the past fiscal year. You can access a copy here.
College of Midwives of Ontario