Engaging Midwives to Maintain High Standards of Care
As a midwife, you are a regulated health professional. Registration with the College of Midwives of Ontario comes with responsibilities detailed in provincial legislation and regulations, as well as College standards, policies, and by-laws.
The College’s mandate is to regulate midwifery in the public interest, which we do by ensuring midwives meet our high and achievable expectations.
When a client chooses a midwife, they must be confident they’re working with a healthcare provider who is highly skilled and ethical.
You can choose how involved you’d like to be with the College, but self-regulation works best when midwives are engaged and familiar with the activities of the College.
- We share regular updates by email and through our quarterly newsletters, and welcome feedback and questions from midwives. You can sign up for our email newsletters at the bottom of this page.
- When Council proposes making major changes to our regulations, by-laws, and standards, we hold public consultations where midwives can share their thoughts and opinions.
- We deeply value the input from all midwives and respond to feedback carefully and thoughtfully.
- Midwives can apply to be non-council members of one of our College committees, and take on a more direct role in shaping how midwifery is regulated.
- Finally, we have annual elections for the professional positions on our Council, and encourage members to run for positions and vote for their peers.
Apply for Registration to Practise Midwifery in Ontario
To practise midwifery in Ontario, you must be registered with the College. This website includes all the information necessary to obtain and maintain registration.
Get the full details of the registration process so you can practise midwifery.
Learn what is required to be eligible for registration with the College.
Orientation and Assessment Program
Find out how you can practice in Ontario if your education and experience took place outside of Canada.
Understand what is required to practice in Ontario if you were registered in another Canadian province or territory.
Look into what is required to reinstate your registration after resigning.
Maintaining Your Registration
Registered midwives are required to maintain competencies necessary for a high standard of care and to demonstrate ongoing learning and professional development.
Peer and Practice Assessments
Every year, the College chooses a group of midwives at random to participate and receive feedback in these assessments.
Professional Development Portfolio
This innovative, evidence-based program supports the professional development of midwives throughout their career.
All registered midwives must complete regular training in neonatal resuscitation (NRP), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and emergency skills (ES)
Become an Expert or Assessor
Experts and Assessors are experienced midwives who help their colleagues by providing feedback and input on assessments and in discipline decisions. These roles are essential to the self-regulation component of midwifery, ensuring that understanding and knowledgeable peers are involved.
Forms for Midwives
Midwives are responsible for updating the College with information relevant to your practice and your contact information. There are some updates that you can make in the Registrant Portal, while other updates must be requested through the College.
The majority of forms and instructions for completing them are included on the forms page.
Professional Conduct, Complaints, and Reports
The College has established guidelines for professional conduct and processes for addressing the misconduct of its registrants. These include processes for midwifery clients and other members of the public to submit complaints. Midwives and other healthcare professionals have reporting obligations, which are also investigated by the College.
As a regulated health professional, you have the option to incorporate for the purpose of professional practice. For a midwife to do this, you must obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the College and renew it each year.
Find out more about what’s required to incorporate your midwifery practice.