Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the MMBP?
Assessment of your MMBP Application takes approximately 1 month after a complete application has been received. Once accepted into the orientation and bridging component of the MMBP, the Regular Stream takes 7 months to complete and the Accelerated Stream 2.5 months. Each of these streams is expected to be offered at least once per year.
2. Where does it take place?
Most of the MMBP can be completed virtually (online) from your current home. Term 2, the in-person intensive of both the Regular and Accelerated Streams, will be offered in various MMBP jurisdictions on a rotating basis. Term 3, the clinical internship for Regular Stream candidates only, is done in the community where you intend to practice. MMBP staff will work with you to arrange the internship in your new community.
3. How much will the MMBP cost?
The cost to apply and have your midwifery education and experience assessed for eligibility into the MMBP is $1,500.00 (Canadian.) If assessed as eligible to continue through the MMBP, tuition for the Accelerated Stream will be $6,000.00 (Canadian) and Regular Stream will be $8,000.00 (Canadian.)
4. How do I apply?
Read through the How To Apply to the MMBP
page to learn about eligibility requirements, policies and evidence requirements, and to access the online MMBP Application Portfolio.
5. If I have a current MMBP Application Portfolio account open, what will happen to the information during the suspension of operations?
Your information will be held securely and available to you once the program restarts. Please note: you may have to provide different or additional information if eligibility requirements change.
6. Do I need to be a citizen or resident of Canada to apply to the MMBP?
No, you can apply to the MMBP from anywhere in the world regardless of your citizenship. Being a Canadian citizen or having lived in Canada are not eligibility requirements for the MMBP.
7. Is financial assistance available?
Certain provinces and territories have assistance av ailable. MMBP staff can provide you with more information about your specific jurisdiction.
8. Why do you require such high English language test scores?
To practice as a midwife in Canada, you need to be able to communicate with clients and with other health care professionals both in-person and on the phone at a primary care provider level. You must be fluent in medical terminology and capable of discussing care options with clients. You need to be able to write clearly for client charts, official records, information sheets and consultation letters. You will be required to understand maternity-related research and be involved in the Canadian professional midwifery community.
9. How recent do English Language test results have to be to qualify?
English language test scores are accepted from up to two years prior to the MMBP Application Portfolio Finalization Deadline.
10. If I successfully complete the MMBP, where will I be allowed to register to practice as a midwife anywhere in Canada?
Upon successful completion of the MMBP, and successful completion of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE,) you may apply for registration in the province or territory your MMBP Application Portfolio was assessed for.
Seats in the MMBP program are limited and subsidized ("purchased") by provincial and territorial governments. If a province or territory subsidizes you to complete the MMBP, you will likely be requested to sign a return for service agreement. This means, you will be required to practice in that jurisdiction for a stated period of time, or pay the government back for the subsidized portion of your program
11. Do I need access to a computer to complete the MMBP?
Yes, you will require basic computer skills and access to a computer and personal email address. You will be learning through online educational tools, such as the Canadian Simulated Midwifery Practice. (CanSiMP.)
12. Can obstetricians or obstetrical nurses apply to the MMBP?
No, the MMBP is only for qualified midwives with midwifery training and education. It is not an education program.
13. Does the MMBP have a list of approved midwifery schools that are accepted for entry to the MMBP?
No. Applicants to the MMBP will be assessed on a combination of their individual midwifery education and clinical experience, as well as English fluency. Admission is based on MMBP Eligibility Requirements.
14. I am an experienced senior midwife with a lot of clinical experience but my midwifery education does not meet the requirements. Will the MMBP waive the educational requirements given my experience?
You may be eligible to apply through Option B
of the MMBP Eligibility Requirements. Option B is for midwives with extensive current professional experience who: have been registered with a regulatory body that meets MMBP criteria; have practiced as a midwife for at least five out of the past ten years; and have antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn experience (including experience as the primary midwife for a minimum of 200 births). If you do not meet Option B requirements, you must meet the educational and clinical practice requirements of Option A
. All requirements are equally important and cannot be waived. For full details, click here.
15. I have completed a self-directed midwifery education program (or an apprenticeship not connected to a formal education program). Can I apply to the MMBP?
If you have self-directed education, you must meet the Midwifery Background - Option B
requirements to be eligible to participate in the MMBP. To be eligible for participation in the MMBP under Midwifery Background-Option A
, the content of your self-directed midwifery program needs to be pre-approved by a Canadian midwifery regulatory organization. Unfortunately, while the College of Midwives of Manitoba has a pre-approval process, it will not be available until related legislative changes are approved by the government. This means that if you have self-directed education and do not meet Option B requirements, you cannot apply
to the MMBP at this time.
16. I have never had the opportunity to do homebirths. Can I still apply to the MMBP?
Yes. The MMBP will provide some orientation and exposure to the homebirth environment.
17. In my country, no one provides continuity of care for a woman. Can I still apply to the MMBP?
Yes. The MMBP will provide you with orientation to, and experience in, the continuity of care model.
18. Do the births I attended during my education program count as part of the minimum number of births required in the Eligibility Requirements?
Yes, births attended during your midwifery education will be counted toward meeting Eligibility Requirements. You will need to provide documentation of your role at these births. Primary care births are usually those attended in the primary role as a senior student.
19. As a midwife educated outside of Canada, how do I register to work in Canada?
The Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program (MMBP) is being offered as a route to registration for midwives educated outside of Canada. Those who successfully complete the MMBP and achieve the required English fluency will be eligible to write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE),
and can apply for registration with the appropriate provincial regulatory body after passing this exam.
20. Once I have completed the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program and the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination, can I register and start working in Canada right away?
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for registration right away. If not, you will need to obtain legal authorization to work in Canada before you can register as a midwife in Canada. For more information:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada: www.cic.gc.ca
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (including fast-track immigration for midwives): www.pnp.gov.bc.ca
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program: www.albertacanada.com/immigration/pnp
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program: www.canadavisa.com/saskatchewan-provincial-nominee-program.html#Health_Professionals
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: www.immigratemanitoba.com
You will also need to obtain practice liability insurance which is arranged through the professional association, health authority employer or regulatory agency in the province in which you wish to practice.
21. How long will it take to become registered?
Upon successful completion of MMBP and passing of CMRE, registration may take from a few weeke to a number of months, depending on your immigration status. It is a good idea to speak with your regulatory body well in advance and fully understand what is required for registration.