Become a midwife
How do I qualify to be a midwife in Ontario?
You may qualify for registration with the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) in one of three ways:
- By graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (MEP); a four-year degree program offered by Ryerson University, Laurentian University and McMaster University.
- By graduating from the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Programme (IMPP) - for internationally educated midwives only.
- By applying to the CMO for reciprocal status if you have been registered in another province for at least one year.
All midwives must also fulfill the requirements set by the College.
Midwifery Education Programmes (MEP) - for prospective students:
- MEP - Ryerson University: 416-979-5104
- MEP - Laurentian University: 705-675-4822
- MEP - McMaster University: 905-525-9140, Ext. 26652
International Midwifery Pre-Registration Programme (IMPP) - for internationally-trained midwives:
- IMPP - Ryerson University: 416-979-5000, Ext. 7681
Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program at Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta’ Maternal and Child Centre on Six Nations of the Grand River territory:
- Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program: 866-446-4922 or 519-445-4922
Additional Information on Aboriginal midwifery and becoming an Aboriginal midwife:
- Birthing Through First Nations Midwifery Care from the National Aboriginal Health Organization (for more information on Aboriginal midwifery and becoming an Aboriginal midwife).
How long will it take?
- For students enrolled in the MEP at Ryerson, Laurentian, or McMaster Universities, the duration is four to eight years (depending on whether you enroll full-time or part-time).
- For internationally-trained midwives enrolled in the IMPP at Ryerson University, this program is designed to take one year to complete. The program has some individualized components; therefore, some participants may take more or less time to complete it. Some students may apply for "Exempt" status if they believe that they already possess that particular knowledge and skill set.
I am a midwifery student from another country and I'd like to do a placement at a clinic in Ontario. How do I arrange this?
International students or students from jurisdictions outside of Ontario seeking placements in Ontario midwifery practices are encouraged to contact practices directly regarding placement availability. Ontario Midwifery Education Program students are prioritized for placement, and practice availability may vary. Each practice oversees its own schedule and staffing.
All student midwives doing placements in Ontario are required to have liability insurance, which is typically provided through your educational institution. It is recommended that students have a copy of the insurance policy before approaching practice groups.