Internationally-Educated Midwives

Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia (BC).

All internationally educated midwives (IEMs) who wish to register to practice midwifery in BC must first complete one of the BCCNM’s recognized midwifery bridging programs, the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program (IEMBP) at University of British Columbia (UBC) in BC or the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University in Ontario before seeking registration with BCCNM.

The IEMBP and IMPP support midwives who have been educated outside of Canada in making the transition to working in the Canadian health care system and in the BC midwifery model of practice or the midwifery practice in Ontario.

For information on applying to IEMBP, please visit the program.

For information on applying to IMPP, please visit the program.

BCCNM’s recognized midwifery bridging program graduates must also write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) and the BC Jurisprudence Examination before being eligible for midwifery registration in BC. Information on how program graduates can seek midwife registration with BCCNM can be found here.

While most of the IEMs will be eligible for Practising midwife registration after completion of IEMBP or IMPP, there may be a few of them who still do not meet the requirements for Practising midwife registration and are eligible for Provisional midwife registration only.

A Provisional midwife registrant may practice with limits and conditions while completing educational upgrading courses or a period of supervised practice during a monitored and specific time period to address deficiencies in the knowledge, skills or abilities required for Practising midwife registration.