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Non-Council Committee Member – Professional

The College of Midwives of Ontario is responsible for governing the profession of midwifery in the public interest. Council and committee members of the College make decisions in the public interest considering an understanding of the midwifery profession and the environments in which it is practised.

Committees & Time Commitments

Committees perform functions assigned to them under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and are established by the College’s Council. Non-Council committee members are appointed for one year terms, up to a maximum of six consecutive terms. Read about the College’s committees and time commitments below.

Client Relations

The Client Relations Committee is mandated to ensure protection of the public interest by developing the policies and procedures of the College to prevent sexual abuse of clients and to define appropriate professional relations between the members of the College and their clients.

  • Number of meetings per year: 2
  • Preparation time per meeting: 2 hours
  • Attendance: 2-hour (tele/videoconference)

Discipline

The Discipline Committee hears matters of professional misconduct or incompetence that are referred by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

Note: Committee members do not participate in all panels.

  • Number of meeting days per year: 2
  • Number of training days: 1 training workshop
  • Number of hearing days per year: dependent on College’s hearing caseload
  • Preparation time per hearing:
    • 0-4 hours for meetings
    • 0 hours for hearings
    • 2-6 hours (as required) for motions

Hearing Related

  • Up to 1-day decision writing/review*
  • Up to 1-day Deliberation time*

*May exceed one day and is dependent on length of hearing

  • Attendance 1 half-day meeting (tele/videoconference)
  • 1/2 day of orientation (if required)
  • Contested hearings typically range from 2 days to 5 days (Note: Due to COVID-19 these may occur through tele/videoconference)

Fitness to Practise

The Fitness to Practise Committee conducts hearings of all allegations concerning a midwife’s capacity to practise midwifery that are referred by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

Note: Committee members do not participate in all panels.

Number of meeting days per year: 1

Number of hearing days per year: dependent on hearing

Preparation time per meeting:

  • 0-4 hours for meetings
  • 0 hours for hearings

Attendance:

  • 2 half-day meetings (tele/videoconference)
  • 1/2 day of orientation (if required)
  • Contested hearings typically range from 3 days to 5 days

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) oversees all investigations into midwives’ care and conduct, including formal complaints, mandatory reports, investigations, and inquiries into a midwife’s capacity to practise.

NOTE: Committee members do not participate in all panels.

Number of meeting & panel days per year:  12-18

Preparation time per meeting: 6-8 hours

Attendance:  

  • 2-4 half-day meetings (tele/videoconference)
  • 8-12 half-day panels (tele/videoconference)

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance Committee develops, establishes and maintains programs to promote continuing competence among midwives.

NOTE: Committee members do not participate in all panels.

Number of meeting & panel days per year: 4-6

Preparation time per meeting:  3-5 hours

Attendance:

  • 2-3 half-day meetings (tele/videoconference)
  • 2-3 half-day panels (tele/videoconference)

Registration

The Registration committee ensures protection of the public interest by providing direction to the College with regards to the registration process of the College.

NOTE: Committee members do not participate in all panels.

Number of meeting & panel days per year: 12-15

Preparation time per meeting: 1-4 hours

Attendance:

  • 3 half-day meetings (tele/videoconference)
  • 4-7 quarter-day panels (tele/videoconference)

Learn more about time commitments here.

Compensation

The number of committee meetings and panels held per year varies depending on the committee.  Non-council committee members who are members of the public are compensated for their time, and reimbursed for their expenses at a rate comparable to public members of the Council.  A summary of compensations and allowable expenses can be found in Schedule 1 of the College’s Fees & Remuneration By-law found here.

How to Apply?

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application by emailing cmo@cmo.on.ca.