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Pregnant woman in doctors midwife appointmentThe National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information. Check it out for the full and official description of this occupation.

Credentials recognition

Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

In Canada, midwives are legally required to be registered with the provincial or territorial regulatory authority where they intend to practice.  Internationally-educated applicants must take part in assessment processes to demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge, and abilities required of a Canadian Registered Midwife.

Requirements for full registration differ by jurisdiction. Please check the CMRC website for the latest requirements.

Credentials assessment services  

If you plan to attend college or university to upgrade your skills, contact the school to find out what steps to take and what credential  assessment agency to use.

Make sure not to discount your international education and skills. Try to build on your existing knowledge and skills and explore university and college options thoroughly before deciding. You might be able to have advanced standing, transfer some of your credits and benefit from prior learning assessment options by using your international credentials and experience to gain credit or course exemptions. This way you will complete your program more quickly, without wasting money and repeating the education you already have.

World Education Services (WES)
Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
International Qualifications Assessment Service – Alberta (IQAS)
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

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Best locations

Generally, job prospects in this occupation are very positive and demand is soaring for midwives from different cultures.

Though most Canadian cities offer employment opportunities to practice as a midwife, you may find more opportunities in the fast-growing provinces of the Prairies, such as Alberta. When looking for jobs, broaden your geographic area to include smaller cities and towns close to your target city. For example, if you intend to work in Toronto, you might find a job opportunity in nearby Hamilton, which is less than an hour’s drive from there.

Before deciding where you want to settle in Canada, research and find out where there is a higher demand for your area of the profession.

Choosing a City.

Major employers

In Canada, midwives work in collaboration with other health professionals and consult with or refer to medical specialists as appropriate. They attend births in hospitals, birth centres and at home.

Visit the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website to check for immigrant-friendly corporations and organizations which you might be interested in. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist newcomers to Canada in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.