Midwives in Ontario 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. Midwives who complete the MEP earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery (BHSc). As student midwives, they spend 2.5 years in clinical placements, training with established midwifery practices for the most part, but also including terms in interprofessional placements, such as in an obstetrician’s practice, on the Labour and Delivery floor, in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in a breastfeeding clinic, etc
- By graduating from the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Programme (IMPP), for internationally educated midwives only. This program is designed to take one year to complete, but may take more or less time depending on the knowledge and skill set brought by the midwife.
- By applying to the CMO for reciprocal status if the midwife has been registered in another province for at least one year.
In addition, all midwives must fulfill the requirements set by the CMO.
There is also an Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program at Six Nations of the Grand River territory. Additional Information on Aboriginal midwifery and becoming an Aboriginal midwife can be found at The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), and at Birthing Through First Nations Midwifery Care from the National Aboriginal Health Organization.