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Temporary E​​mergency Registration (TER)  for B.C. wildfire response​​​  


We are no longer accepting applications for TER as of Sept. 14, 2023. 
If you're a midwife with TER, your registration will end Dec. 31, 2023.

Te​mporary emergency registration (TER) enables eligible individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response in British Columbia. 


You may be eligible for temporary emergency registration if you are:

  • ​A practising midwife in another Canadian jurisdiction.
  • A non-practising registrant with BCCNM.
  • A former registrant with BCCNM. 
​IMPORTANT: You are ineligible for temporary emergency registration if you: 
  • Received your midwifery education internationally and have not applied for BCCNM practising registration, and/or not met the requirements for practising registration in British Columbia.
  • Have previously recorded instances of not meeting the good character, fitness to practice or competence to practice requirements with the college.
  • Have previously been denied registration.
If you are ineligible for TER, you may still be eligible for practising registration. Learn more about the applica​tion process.

How to​ apply​

​1. Confirm you are eligible to apply
Read the eligibility criteria above to ensure you are eligible to apply for temporary emergency registration. Please do not apply unless you meet the criteria. This will enable us to process applications for eligible individuals more efficiently.
2. Create a BCCNM account
Create a BCCNM account if you do not have one already.
3. Submit application form and supporting documents/information
Complete all sections of the Application for Temporary Emergency Registration and submit to BCCNM Registration Services at registe​ along with:

IMPORTANT: Please download and save the application to your computer before completing it. Some browsers, such as Chrome or Safari, will not save your changes if you do not take this step.
4. Confirm registration before practising
If your application for temporary emergency registration is approved, we will send you an email confirming your registration. You will also appear in the online directory. You must not practise as a midwife in British Columbia until you have confirmed your registration with BCCNM.
5. Sign up for the Emergency Health Provider Registry
The Emergency Health Provider Registry (EPHR) is an online registry to support proactive and voluntary deployment of health sector workers to communities across B.C. during emergency events including wildfires, floods, and pandemics.

Health authorities, Providence Health Care, Health Match B.C., and the Ministry of Health may use the EHPR to initiate contact with health care providers if/when assistance is required.

After you are granted registration, apply for the Emergency Health Provider Registry.

Practising as a temporary emergency registrant 

Areas of practice
Temporary emergency registration (TER) is available for the sole purpose of enabling eligible individuals to assist during a declared emergency. Temporary emergency registrants can assist by:

  • Providing care that is directly related to the state of emergency.
  • Temporarily covering positions vacated by midwives who have been redeployed to deal with the emergency.
  • Provide continuity of care should B.C. residents receive care within other provinces and require virtual or other follow-up care following return to B.C.
Midwifery practice in British Columbia
Midwifery scope, professional and practice standards are slightly different in every Canadian jurisdiction. Please review the Midwifery Scope and Model of Practice as well as all Midwifery Standards and Guidelines to ensure you understand the current scope standards you need to follow while you are practising in British Columbia.

In particular, please ensure you review the Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism Pr​actice Standard, which clearly outlines expectations for how BCCNM registrants are to provide culturally safe and anti-racist care for Indigenous clients.
Use of title
During the period that you hold temporary registration with BCCNM, you may refer to yourself as a temporary registered midwife or RM (T).

Frequently asked questions

How will my application be assessed?
We will confirm that you:

  • Are a registrant in good standing (or were in good standing when you last held registration). 
  • Meet the good character and fitness to practice requirements
  • Meet all continuing competence/Quality Assurance requirements. 
  • Have sufficient and current practise withing the Scope, Standards and expectations of midwives in British Columbia and/or Canada. 
When will temporary emergency registration end?
Temporary emergency registration is granted for periods of up to 180 days and will be automatically extended while the BCCNM registrar’s emergency declaration is in effect. You may be asked to provide updated information before your registration is extended to ensure you still to meet the requirements.

When BCCNM repeals the emergency declaration, your registration will expire 15 days following the announcement. We will notify you as required of your updated registration expiry date.​

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Vancouver, BC  V6C 1S4

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We acknowledge the rights and title of the First Nations on whose collective unceded territories encompass the land base colonially known as British Columbia. We give specific thanks to the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking Peoples the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), on whose unceded territories BCCNM’s office is located. We also give thanks for the medicines of these territories and recognize that laws, governance, and health systems tied to these lands and waters have existed here for over 9000 years.

We also acknowledge the unique and distinct rights, including rights to health and wellness, of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from elsewhere in Canada who now live in British Columbia. As leaders in the settler health system, we acknowledge our responsibilities to these rights under international, national, and provincial law.​