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Policy-Making

The College follows a rigorous approach to policy-making that is based on a proper evaluation of risk, evidence, purposeful engagement, and a thorough analysis of options and impacts. This approach ensures that regulation is not adopted as the default solution, but rather is introduced to mitigate risk when non-regulatory options are unable to deliver the desired results.

  • To view our current policies, standards, and by-laws, please visit our Resources page.
  • to take part in a College policy consultation, please visit our Consultations page.
  • To learn more about how we approach policy-making, see below.

Regulatory Impact Assessments

A foundation of the College’s policy work is the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). In fact, every policy proposal that introduces a regulatory tool must include an RIA statement.

RIA’s help us understand the impact of decisions, structure ideas, test assumptions, and think beyond regulation as the default solution. If it becomes clear that regulation is not justified, we will explore a non-regulatory approach—such as creating informational tools to guide our members, collaborating with stakeholders, or reconsidering the need to intervene at all.

The RIA statement includes a series of questions and thought exercises to guide our decision-making. See the questions below to follow along with the College’s RIA process.

Policy Revisions

All college policies approved by Council or a committee must be formally reviewed within a period of no more than four years from the date of first issue or the date of the last review. This ensures that policies are still relevant and needed, and that any necessary revisions are incorporated. Revisions to the policy can be minor or comprehensive.

A minor revision is a change to a policy document which does not affect its content or intent (e.g. spelling errors). Minor revisions can happen outside of the formal review process and can be approved by College staff. A comprehensive revision is any change that is not a minor revision. Comprehensive revisions must follow the same RIA process above.

Glossary of Terms

The College uses several terms when describing our policy-making. See below for a glossary of the Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Tools that we employ.

  • Regulatory Tools: Forms of authority that the College uses to regulate and guide the profession. They may include acts or statutes, regulations, by-laws, standards of practice, and policies.
  • Non-Regulatory Tools: Information and education instruments developed to raise awareness of a particular issue. Unlike regulatory tools, these tools do not impose requirements or restrictions upon midwives.