Registering as a Midwife in Manitoba

Midwives registered with another Canadian midwifery regulatory body

Inter-provincial Reciprocity

(applicants from other Canadian jurisdictions where midwifery is regulated)

The Agreement on Internal Trade was signed by the government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments in 1995 and was reaffirmed by the Canada Free Trade Act (CFTA). It is a written agreement intended to make it easier for people, investments and services to move across Canada. Labour Mobility provisions of the CFTA (Chapter 7) state that certified workers have to be recognized as qualified to work by a regulatory body in another province or territory which regulates that occupation, without having to go through significant additional training, work experience, examination or assessment, unless an exception has been posted. There are some exceptions to that general rule, discussed below, but essentially if a midwife in good standing from a province where midwifery is regulated is applying to become a midwife in Manitoba, the CFTA provides that the midwife must be accepted in Manitoba.

Exceptions, as mentioned above include but are not limited to: the right to require a fee upon application and registration; the right to require a midwife to complete a local jurisprudence course; the right to refuse registration to a midwife who is not of good standing or where there is evidence of bad character; or the right to refuse registration where the midwife has terms, conditions and limitations that are not generally used in Manitoba. Midwives from certain provinces may be subject to additional requirements related to prescriptive authority. Specifics regarding these requirements are available by contacting Registrar of the College of Midwives of Manitoba at or (204)783-4520

If an applicant for registration in Manitoba is refused registration because she does not meet one of the non-exemptible registration requirements, that applicant is entitled to contact the official labour mobility contact in their home province for assistance.

For more information please contact the Registrar of the College of Midwives of Manitoba at  or (204)783-4520

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