In the province of Nova Scotia, you must be registered with the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia in order to practice midwifery.
Click on the link above to download a copy of our initial application. Be sure to review our checklist to ensure you have all the supporting documentation needed to complete your application. When completed, please submit your application and fees.
Please use our checklist to ensure that you have included all of the supporting documentation required. We cannot register a midwife until all documents and the fee have been submitted. Usually, this can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks to process once we have a complete submission.
Please click on the above link to download the updated fees schedule.
You must have received an offer of employment from one of the Health Authorities: the IWK) IWK Health Centre – Join the TEAM (nshealth.ca) ) or Nova Scotia Health (Nova Scotia Health Authority (nshealth.ca))
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Approved program means educational programs approved by the MRCNS. There are several Canadian midwifery programs that have been approved. These include programs at University of British Columbia, McMaster University, Ryerson University and Laurentian University (Ontario), Universite de Trois-Rivières (Quebec) and Mount Royal University (Calgary).
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For Registration under this route, an applicant must:
Under the agreement for mobility between Canadian Regulators, a midwife who is registered in one Province may apply for registration in another Canadian jurisdiction.
Internationally trained midwives can apply for registration and become members of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia after (1) having completed an approved bridging program and a competency assessment, (2) having received an offer of employment from the health authorities. The Council has approved the following programs:
For more information on becoming a midwife in Canada, click here.
Please see the following resources which are available to support international Midwives:
Access our commonly used forms here. Whether you are registering for the first time, or renewing your licence, please download our forms here.
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’ Council.
Canadian baccalaureate midwifery degrees are currently offered at the following universities:
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
(MDCL) Third Fl.,
3103-1200 Main Street West?
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5
T: 905-525-9140 Ext. 26654
This program is offered in English only
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON. M5B 2L4
T: 416 979-5104
T: 416 979-5271
This program offers part-time studies in English only
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 with which they are currently or have been previously registered to provide the Council with Proof of their 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 us below.
Internationally trained midwives can apply for registration and become members of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia after (1) having completed an approved bridging program and a competency assessment, (2) having received an offer of employment from the health authorities.
The Council has approved the following programs:
For any of one of these programs to be considered complete, a candidate must successfully complete a recommended clinical placement.
Registered midwives must renew their registration each year. They must ensure they have current certification in neonatal resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), fetal health surveillance and emergency skills. They must also maintain a certain level of practice to ensure their skills are current.
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The practice of midwifery as defined in section 2 (i) of the Midwifery Act includes the non-clinical activities of research, education, consultation, management, administration, regulation, policy or system development related to midwifery.
To practice midwifery in Nova Scotia and use the title ‘Midwife”, a person must be registered with the Council.
In Nova Scotia, only midwives who are registered with MRCNS can call themselves “Registered Midwives”.
In Nova Scotia, midwives are required to complete a baccalaureate level degree in midwifery, as well as the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE).
When a client chooses a midwife, they must be confident they are working with a healthcare professional who is competent, ethical and skilled.