Each midwifery practice group in Ontario has been assigned to one of three placement regions.
Your admission to the MEP is linked to a specific region where you will be placed. When the Laurentian University midwifery program closed in 2021, Ryerson and McMaster Universities began to accept additional students and agreed to place them in the placement region formerly affiliated with Laurentian University, giving McMaster two placement regions: Southwestern Ontario Area (SOA) and the Greater Ontario Area (GOA). About 30 students per year are admitted to the SOA and about 15 to the GOA. The list of the SOA and GOA midwifery practices with their regional affiliations can be found below.
Midwifery Practices Affiliated with Southern Ontario Area (SOA)
Midwifery Practices Affiliated with Greater Ontario Area (GOA).
Note: Ryerson University places students in the Greater Toronto Area region (GTA) or the GOA. It is important to note that McMaster students do not have access to the GTA region. Students with a need to be placed in the GTA region need to apply to Ryerson University. Acceptance of an offer of admissions is acceptance of placement in a specific region.
The only students who are eligible to cross regions are those who are Indigenous, Black or Francophone who can apply for a designated placement. Northern students who are offered a GOA placement are prioritized for northern placements, which are in the GOA region. We use a lottery system for placements. Students submit preferences and the system maximizes top choices.
Please note that:
Clinical terms comprise at least half of the program and students need to be prepared for the following:
During a clinical placement, students are expected to live within a reasonable travel distance to the practice workplace according to the norm of their allocated practice in order to appropriately attend to clinical care and meet course objectives. A common standard is a 30 minute travel time to the midwifery practice in regular travel conditions.