The AOM's Rural, Remote & Far North Locum Program was established to help provide continuity of care for clients of rural and remote and far north midwives, and to provide short-term relief to midwives working in rural, remote and far north communities. It is funded by a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. If your practice is designated as rural, remote or Far North by the MOHLTC, then you are eligible to apply for locum relief; approval is dependent on availability of funding. Click here to apply for locum relief or here to apply to become a locum midwife.

Practice groups that do not fall under the designation of rural, remote or far north must make arrangements for locum coverage directly with locum midwives.

For full details about what the program covers, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

How Does the Rural, Remote & Far North Locum Program Work?

For Resident Midwives Seeking Locum Relief For Midwives Seeking Locum Positions
  1. Complete an online application for locum relief. If you do not yet have a locum midwife secured, be sure to attach an ad for the locum position in your application.
  2. The AOM will post your ad online and will circulate it to the pool of locum midwives.
  3. Receive applications & secure a locum midwife.
  4. Download and sign the locum agreement with the locum midwife and the AOM. Make sure you understand your obligations detailed in that agreement. (Far north practices use the locum agreement found here).
  5. Review the Locum Expense Reimbursement Policy. Make sure you understand how the locum midwife will be compensated.
  6. Apply for hospital privileges for the locum midwife; provide assistance to secure accommodation.
  7. Help orient the locum midwife to the practice & community.
  8. After the completion of the locum, sign the block incentive claim form submitted to you by the locum midwife, to confirm number of births attended by the locum midwife
  9. If the locum midwife attended births as the primary midwife, BCCs will be submitted under their name when invoiced.
  10. Pay the locum midwife’s mileage costs during the locum period.
  1. Complete an online application to be a locum midwife.
  2. Review the upcoming locum position ads as they are circulated to the locum pool.
  3. Contact the practice if you are interested in applying for a locum position. Secure the position.
  4. Review the Guide to Registration & Insurance for Locum Midwives. If you are not already registered with the CMO and eligible to practice, ensure you have applied to return to practice in advance of the locum start date. Make sure you have liability insurance coverage. If you are not currently insured, contact Diana MacNab.
  5. Sign a locum agreement with the practice and the AOM.
  6. Review the Locum Expense Reimbursement Policy. Make sure you understand your obligations and how you will be reimbursed for your time and expenses.
  7. Make arrangements for travel and accommodation.
  8. If there is time before the locum begins, you may apply for an advance payment from the AOM to help cover some of your up-front travel costs.
  9. Complete the locum. Keep track of mileage during locum and submit an invoice to MPG for reimbursement at the completion of the locum period.
  10. Complete a block incentive claim form, have the resident midwife sign, and submit to AOM along with your expense claim.
  11. Submit your expense claim to the AOM after your locum has been completed. You will need to submit receipts for accommodation, car rental or airfare.