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College of Midwives of Ontario

The College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) is the governing body for midwives in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a midwife in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received58597079
Applicants who became members58600064

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received65843080
Applicants who became members64700071

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Midwives)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received68016075
Applicants who became members000000

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Midwives)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received601410075
Applicants who became members000000

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received580112071
Applicants who became members52019062

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received46127056
Applicants who became members46126155

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Information to Applicants: The CMO reviewed its website with a communications consultant to ensure that the information is clear, accessible and comprehensive. As a result of the review, the CMO updated the Becoming Registered pages and made them easier to navigate. It has also added all of the policies, guidelines, standards and statements in the Registrant's Binder to the website.

Upon request, applicants can receive regular email updates.

Also, the CMO shortened the time (from 21 to 14 days) needed to respond to applicants about either of the following:

  • the completion of their applications
  • the completion of referrals of applications to the Registration Committee

Registration Amendments: As of March 31, 2010, registration amendments proposed in 1999 and 2006, including the implementation of a registration examination, were still under review by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received42144051
Applicants who became members42144051

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

The CMO has submitted proposed amendments to its registration regulation, including the implementation of a registration examination, to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. As of March 31, 2009, the proposed changes were still under review by the ministry.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received400610056
Applicants who became members400610056

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CMO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Midwives of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Accepting and supporting diverse applicants

    This practice acknowledges a diversity of midwifery...


Quick Facts

Number of Midwives803
Number of Internationally Trained Midwives129

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario654
Other Canadian Provinces20
USA29
Other International100
Unknown0
Total803
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)16%

The College of Midwives of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CMO for further information about your ability to practise as a midwife in Ontario.