Midwifery Education

There are many paths to becoming a midwife. Education is an essential part of restoring midwifery to Aboriginal peoples across Canada. This knowledge must be brought home to our communities.

All midwifery education programs provide are a combination of classroom-based or academic learning and, clinical placements or apprenticeship in midwifery clinics. Midwifery education includes courses from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Teaching methods combine lectures, seminars, laboratories, distance learning and mentorship. Regardless of the program you enter, midwifery education takes place in many settings, including a university or college campus, midwifery clinics, hospitals, and birth centres. Most midwifery programs expect that you will be willing to relocate for parts of your education program.

Midwifery education gives students the opportunity to develop both the hands on clinical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to be primary caregivers for women, babies, and their families throughout pregnancy and the first six weeks postpartum.

See also:
Community-based programs
University-based programs

Community-based programs

There are currently three community-based programs, offered in three Aboriginal communities in Canada. For more information, please contact the programs directly.


Tsi Non:we lonnakeratstha Ona:grahsta’ Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program

The Tsi Non:we lonnakeratstha Ona: grahsta’ Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program is three years in length, and consists of tutorials that address Aboriginal women’s unique health issues. The program combines western obstetrical practices and standards with traditional Aboriginal practices and standards. All training components are completed at the Maternal and Child Centre with Aboriginal midwife instructors.




Nunavik Community Midwifery Education Program

The program is an academic and clinical education program for Inuit women working in their own communities on the Hudson and Ungava Coasts of Nunavik (Northern Quebec). The program uses a modular, competency-based curriculum. The program emphasizes learning in ways appropriate to Inuit culture, including learning in the Inuktitut language, and focuses on the role of the midwife in community health, especially in the areas of sexual health and well woman care. This program is offered through maternity programs in health centres on the Hudson and Ungava coasts in Quebec.




Nunavut Midwifery Education Program - Arctic College

The Midwifery Program is offered in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services, and prepares graduates to enter into midwifery practice in Nunavut. Prior to the Midwifery Diploma Program, students complete the Maternity Care Certificate Program.  The program introduces students to the cultural, spiritual and traditional practices of Inuit midwives and is also designed to reflect the goals, values and ethical codes established as territorial and national standards and regulations.  It is expected that graduates from the program will be able to meet standards set by the Canadian Midwifery Regulatory Committee (CMRC) and provide care that is culturally appropriate for and acceptable to the residents of Nunavut.

University-based programs

The midwifery education program is a direct entry (no previous degree or health care training required), four year baccalaureate program. There are seven university-based midwifery education programs available in Canada. Each program administers exams recognized by their respective provincial regulatory bodies.


Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Road,
Sudbury, ON, P3E 2C6
Tel: (705) 675-4822
* This program is offered in both English and French.

McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
(MDCL) Third Fl.,
3103-1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5
Tel: 905-525-9140, Ext. 26654
* This program is offered in English only

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON, M5B 2L4
Tel: (416) 979-5104 or (416) 979-5271
* This program is offered in English only.


Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Casier postal 500,
Trois-Rivières, QC, G9A 5H7
Midwifery Program Tel: (819) 376-5045 or 1-800-365-0922
* This program is offered in French only.

British Columbia

University of British Columbia
B54-2194 Health Services Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604-822-0352
* This program is offered in English only.


University College of the North
kanaci otinowawosowin Bachelor of Midwifery (KOB) Program
Unit 4-471 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E4
* This program is offered in English only.
Tel: 204-946-0440



Mount Royal University
Bachelor of Midwifery
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB, T3E 6K6
* This program is offered in English only.