Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Midwives

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Midwives of Ontario regulates the profession of Midwifery in Ontario. The CMO was established with the proclamation of the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Midwifery Act to govern midwifery in the interest of public safety.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practise as a midwife in Ontario, internationally educated midwives must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the CMO. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated midwives must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Be a graduate of the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP). The IMPP is a one-year bridging program offered at Ryerson University. It is designed to offer assessment and upgrading to internationally trained midwives, to ensure that they meet the required standards to practice in Ontario.
  2. Successfully complete the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination.
  3. Be currently certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Obstetrical Emergency Skills (ES) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP).
  4. Pass the Ontario Midwifery Language Proficiency Test (MLPT).
  5. Hold Canadian citizenship, landed immigrant status, or an open employment authorization.
  6. Hold membership with the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM).
  7. Have arranged professional liability insurance through the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM).

Upon completion of the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP), applicants will be given a Transitional Certificate of Registration in order to meet the clinical birth numbers required by the College’s Registration Regulation, as well as to make up any gaps in clinical skills identified during the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program. Supervision will typically last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, at that time the applicant’s Certificate of Registration will be changed from Transitional to General.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Midwives of Ontario website.


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