The College’s mandate is to protect the public, which we do by ensuring midwives meet our high and achievable expectations. When a client chooses a midwife, they must be confident that they are working with a health care provider who is highly skilled and ethical. In order for us to effectively fulfill our mandate of public protection, we rely on midwives to meet the standards we set, and all other College requirements.
A midwife is a regulated health professional. Membership with the College of Midwives of Ontario comes with certain professional responsibilities, which are set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the Midwifery Act, 1991, and in other provincial legislation and regulations. We also have College by-laws, policies, and standards that govern midwifery. All members must adhere to our governing documents, and can find the College’s governing documents on the resources page on our website.
Midwives can choose how involved they would like to be with the College, but self-regulation works best when members are engaged. We share regular updates by email and through our quarterly newsletters, and welcome feedback and questions from midwives. When Council proposes making major changes to our regulations, by-laws, and standards, we hold public consultations where midwives can share their thoughts and opinions. We deeply value the comments that our members give, and respond to feedback carefully and thoughtfully.
We have annual elections for the professional positions on our Council, and encourage members to run for positions and vote for their peers. Midwives can also apply to be non-council members of one of our College committees, and be involved with the College in that capacity.
The College is a resource, and we welcome any questions you may have.