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Temporary (emergency) Registration Available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMBC has made Temporary (emergency) registration available to Non-practising registrants, former registrants and practising midwives in other Canadian jurisdictions.

In accordance with section 53 of the CMBC bylaws:

  • Temporary (emergency) registration is solely for the purpose of providing assistance during an emergency situation declared by the CMBC Registrar.
  • A Temporary (emergency) registrant must not attend a birth as the principal midwife, or as a second midwife, unless the registrant holds current certificates in neonatal resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency skills.
  • Temporary (emergency) registration may be granted for a period of up to 90 days and renewed for one or more additional periods of up to 90 days if the Registrar’s declaration of the emergency situation continues to be in effect.

Temporary (emergency) registration will be granted to individuals who meet the criteria outlined below.

Current Non-practising registrant

  • is in good standing
  • meets current clinical experience requirement

Former registrant

  • was in good standing before unregistered
  • meets current clinical experience requirement

Practising midwife in other Canadian jurisdictions

  • is in good standing in the jurisdiction(s) where they are registered
  • has no practice restrictions, limitations or conditions

All applicants must have a criminal record check within the past five years and professional liability insurance coverage, arranged through the Midwives Association of BC, for registration.

How to Apply

If you meet the criteria and would like to apply for Temporary (emergency) registration, please click below to access the application form, complete it and submit it to CMBC by fax or email for processing.

All fees including application and registration will be waived as long as applicants are able to describe the need identified in their community/area of practice with regards to the pandemic crisis and how their return to practice will help meet that need.

The application form can be found here.


Please email for any questions on Temporary (emergency) registration and the process.

CMBC is conducting business remotely due to COVID-19

CMBC is currently conducting business remotely due to the COVID-19 threat of community spread. The College has systems in place to ensure our business will not be interrupted, staff are working remotely and all CMBC operations and services are running as normal. Should you have any questions or require immediate assistance, please contact us either by email or by phone. For a full list of staff details, visit:

Government posts regulations in support of amalgamation with BC College of Nursing Professionals

The College of Midwives of BC (CMBC) and the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) are very pleased to report that government has posted the regulation changes supporting the amalgamation of our two colleges.

Included among the amendments is the proposed name of the new college: the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. Government has also accepted our proposed amalgamation date of September 1, 2020.

We’re very pleased that government has moved quickly to post these amendments, especially considering the considerable demands being made on the Ministry of Health with regard to COVID-19. This is a strong endorsement that our proposed amalgamation is well aligned with their vision for modernizing health profession regulation.

Visit the government’s professional regulation page to share your feedback (please note: you can find the announcement near the end of the page).

2020-21 online registration renewal is now open

The online portal is for all General and Non-practising registrants to renew their registration for the 2020-21 registration year (covering the period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021).

Registrants who wish to renew for other registration classes, please contact

All registrants, including Non-practising registrants, must also complete the Annual Self-Review (ASR), formerly the ASA quiz and part of the QA program, by March 1, 2020.


  • March 1, 2020: Deadline for completion of the ASR, renewal application submission and payment of renewal and registration fees.
  • March 31, 2020 (noon): Deadline for submission of required proof of Continuing Competencies certification or recertification (NRP, CPR, FHS and/or ESW where applicable).

2019 Holiday Closure

CMBC’s office will be closed to the public for the holidays from Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, December 27, 2019. We will be available by email on December 23, 24 and the 27 for urgent inquiries. Please contact if you have a pressing concern during this time. The office will reopen on Monday, December 30, 2019. Please note we will be closed again on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We will reopen as of Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Due to our office holiday closure, registration related processing including payments with effective dates in December 2019 or January 1, 2020 must be submitted by Friday, December 20 at noon for processing.

CMBC welcomes government’s proposed reforms to regulatory framework; announces amalgamation with BC College of Nursing Professionals.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Health outlined a bold proposal for modernizing B.C.’s health regulatory framework. This proposal came in response to recommendations made by Harry Cayton in his report, An Inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons and the Health Professions Act, which was released in April 2019.

We welcome today’s announcement; government’s bold and innovative proposal to overhaul health profession regulation puts the focus exactly where it should be: on protecting the public.

We were especially pleased to see government’s move to reduce the number of regulatory colleges. Earlier this year, we entered into discussions with the BC College of Nursing Professionals to consider amalgamating into a single regulator. With the express approval of the boards and leadership of both colleges, we submitted a letter of intent to the Ministry of Health on September 30, 2019.

We were encouraged to receive support to move forward with this work. Seeing that it is part of government’s broader streamlining efforts is further validation that our proposed amalgamation with the BC College of Nursing Professionals makes sense for registrants, staff and the public.

We commend the Steering Committee for their foresight and leadership, and for their work to depoliticize health profession regulation in the public interest. We look forward to participating in government’s consultation process, and we are committed to working together to bring their vision to life.

August 2019 Newsletter Published

CMBC has published our August 2019 newsletter! Please click here to read. Highlights include:

  • Curious about the future of Health Regulation in BC? Check out pages 1 & 2 for an update from CMBC.
  • For Registration Renewal tips and to find out more about the process go to page 8.
  • See page 9 for an at a glace update from CMBC’s Quality Assurance Team.