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About the College

The College of Midwives of Ontario is the regulator of midwives in the province of Ontario.

We regulate more than 1,000 midwives practising in Ontario by:

  • Ensuring that midwives meet high standards, and
  • Acting when risks are identified.

The midwifery profession includes solo midwife practices and big practices. Midwives provide care in a variety of settings including homes, clinics, hospitals, and birth centres. All midwives follow the same professional principles and standards of practice. We provide guidance to help them do so.

The College also regulates two midwife-led Ontario birth centres that serve clients in the Ottawa and Toronto regions. The College regulates these facilities in accordance with the Independent Health Facilities Act, 1990 by conducting quality assurance assessments and developing Clinical Practice Parameters to be followed by both birth centres.

Our purpose is to protect the public and the public interest.

Our regulatory activities are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991; the Midwifery Act, 1991, and other relevant legislation and regulations.

Our strategy sets out how we aim to work and is determined by our Council.

Our statutory committees mandated by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 assist the College in its regulatory work.

Our staff implements our strategy.

Our work is guided by documented decision-making tools.

We regularly publish annual reports to report on our regulatory activities.