In order to practice midwifery in Nova Scotia a midwife must be registered with the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia.
There are three routes to registration:
1. Graduation from a Canadian university midwifery education program;
2. Registration in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction; or
3. For internationally educated midwives, completion of a competence assessment and bridging program.
One of the routes for registration in Nova Scotia is through the completion of a baccalaureate level degree in midwifery. A graduate is also required to complete the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) offered through the Canadian Midwifery Regulators’ Consortium.
Canadian baccalaureate midwifery degrees are currently offered at the following universities:
935 Ramsey Lake Road,
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Tel: (705) 675-4822
* This program is offered in both English and French.
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
(MDCL) Third Fl.,
3103-1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5
Tel: 905-525-9140, Ext. 26654
* This program is offered in English only
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON. M5B 2L4
Tel: (416) 979-5104 or (416) 979-5271
* This program offers part-time studies in English only.
Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
Casier postal 500,
Trois Rivières, QC G9A 5H7
Midwifery Program Tel: (819) 376-5045 or 1-800-365-0922
* This program is offered in French only.
University of British Columbia
B54-2194 Health Services Mall,
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3
* This program is offered in English only.
University College of the North
Baccalaureate program and Kanaci Otinowawosowin (Aboriginal Midwifery) Baccalaureate (KOB)
The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
Additionally, Nunavut Arctic College has a midwifery education program. Arctic College is not a degree-granting institution but the program is designed to support transferability into a
Nunavut Arctic College
PO Box 230
Internationally Educated Midwives
Internationally educated midwives who wish to practice in Nova Scotia must complete a competency assessment and bridging program. Internationally educated midwives may be eligible to access the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University in Ontario.
For a list of other competency programs which have been approved by the Council click here Policy on Competency Assessments and Bridging Programs.
According to Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade, a general registrant midwife in any Canadian province or territory can be registered with the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia. The applicant must give consent for the regulatory body in the Canadian jurisdiction in which she is currently or has been previously registered to provide the Council with Proof of her Professional Conduct.
If you have been registered in another Canadian jurisdiction within the past five years and are seeking registration in Nova Scotia please contact the Registrar.