Standards of Practice
The College’s role is to set the standard of professional practice for registered midwives. Midwives, clients, and members of the public can review the standards of practice for midwifery.
Scope of Practice
The midwifery scope of practice is designed to assist midwives in making sure their practice complies with legislation and regulations.
Policies and Legislation
The role of the College, its authority, and its powers are set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA); the Health Professions Procedural Code (which is Schedule 2 to the RHPA); and the Midwifery Act, 1991. In addition, there are specific regulations made under both the RHPA and the Midwifery Act.
The College has also established policies for its programs and operations that midwives, their clients, or the public can review to learn more about how the College handles the corresponding subject matter.
Guides and Publications
There are numerous resources available from the College to guide and inform both midwives and the public on topics related to the practise of midwifery. Midwives will find information related to their practice and client care. Clients and the public can find information about what to expect when seeking care from a midwife, including guidance on how to address issues that may come up.
The work we do impacts a number of individuals and organizations, including midwifery clients, midwives, government, regulatory, and midwifery organizations. Therefore, we make it a high priority to engage with all of our stakeholders when considering the establishment of or changes to policies.
It’s important that regulatory policy is developed in a clear, accountable, and transparent manner, in accordance with best practices. Open consultation is a critical part of our policy development.
Get to know more about our consultation process and view open consultations.
Professional Practice Advice
The College provides advisory services for midwives and members of the public who have questions related to the College standards, and the legislation and regulations that govern midwifery practice in Ontario.