The College of Midwives of Ontario was established with the proclamation of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Midwifery Act, 1991 on December 31, 1993 to govern midwifery. The mandate of the College is to regulate the profession of midwifery in accordance with the RHPA. The College’s primary obligation to the public is to ensure that members of the profession are qualified, skilled, and competent in the area in which they practice.
The College’s main functions are: registering midwives, ensuring the quality of midwifery care, setting standards, and investigating and responding to any issues about midwifery care. The College decides what education is needed in order to work as a midwife in Ontario. It runs a program to ensure midwives maintain their skills, and provides the public with information about midwifery care.
The College has a committee to deal with complaints or concerns regarding the conduct of its members. The College is committed to its responsibility to protect the public and holds its members to high standards.
The College makes sure, in several different ways, that its members provide competent and ethical care. The College sets standards and guidelines for midwives to ensure you are protected, receive quality care, and are informed about your choices. The College also requires midwives to be responsive to individual and community needs.