Please note that the Birth Centres Request for Applications has now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. As of August 17th we are unable to accept questions relating to the application process.
Birth centres give healthy women more choice in where they can receive pre-natal, labour, birth, post-partum and newborn care. A Request for Applications for the establishment and operation of Birth Centres in Ontario has been issued. To submit an application, download the three documents (Guidelines, Application, Budget) and follow the instructions provided in the Guidelines.
Questions regarding the application can be emailed to Birthcentre@ontario.ca. As per page five of the Birth Centre Application Guidelines, questions must be submitted by August 17, 2012 at 12:00:00 (Eastern Standard Time) to be answered.
To ensure equitable access to information, all questions submitted to Birthcentre@ontario.ca will be posted and answered on this website.
Request for Application Package
August 27, 2012 – Application update
Please note that a formula amendment has been made to Appendix A- Proposed Budgets. Cell B26 on tab F2 has been amended to sum only cells B22-B25. Any applications that are submitted using the previous version of the template will be updated by the ministry to reflect the new formula once they are submitted.
July 30, 2012 - Please note the following changes to pg. 6 of the Application Guidelines under “What If My Application is Successful?”
Bullet #6, as follows, is deleted :
- Cooperate fully with two pre-licensing inspections, one of blueprints of the facility, and one of the facility itself, to be conducted by the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) at any reasonable time at the request of the MOHLTC, to ensure :
- That the facility meets the criteria specified by the MOHLTC in this Application process;
- That the quality and standards of the services to be provided in the facility will conform to the generally accepted quality and standards and the Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards (CPPs) for those services;
- That the quality and standards of the facility will conform to the CPPs for the facility and as such, will comply with all applicable codes, acts, regulations, and standards and represent the generally accepted quality and standards for good design practice of health care facilities;
- That the Applicant will operate the facility competently and with honesty and integrity;
- That the Applicant will establish and maintain a system to ensure the monitoring of the results of the services provided in the facility; and
and is replaced with :
- Cooperate fully with the licensing process including :
- Pre-licensing review of your successful Application by the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO), for purposes of informing the Director that the standards described in the Application of the proposed facility and of the services to be provided in the facility would conform to the generally accepted standards, assuming that the facility is constructed and the services are provided as described in the Application.
- Following licensing, compliance with all conditions of the licence, including a specific condition that services will not be provided at your facility until the CMO conducts a pre-operational assessment of the facility and the Director gives you notice in writing that the condition has been removed such that services may be provided;
- Following licensing, provision to the Ministry of such proof as may be requested by the Ministry that the facility premises meets all applicable codes, legislation, regulations and standards; and
- Following licensing, periodic quality assessments conducted by the CMO at the Director's request in accordance with the IHFA.
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