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QAP webinar on June 23, 2020

19 June 2020

The CMLTO Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm to discuss the updated QAP that takes effect on January 1, 2021. CMLTO staff will provide information related to the program’s evaluation process and members’ updated obligations and responsibilities. Staff will conduct a short question and answer period after their presentation. Please click here to register for the webinar.

Proposed new tests: Newborn Screening Ontario program

20 May 2020

The Ministry of Health is proposing to enhance newborn screening in Ontario by adding the tests for Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), also known as Hurler Disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If the proposed amendments are approved the two tests would be added to the list of tests performed for the Newborn Screening Ontario program as an insured service. 

Please refer to the memo (PDF) for more information regarding the addition of these tests and the proposed amendments to Regulation 682, under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act, and Regulation 552, Schedule of Benefits for Laboratory Services, under the Health Insurance Act.

CMLTO virtual office closed for Victoria Day

14 May 2020

The CMLTO's virutal office will be closed on May 18, 2020, for the Victoria Day statutory holiday. Regular hours resume at 8:30 am on May 19th.
Please note that the CMLTO will continue to operate virtually until further notice. Click here for details.

CMLTO response to MLTs as frontline workers

30 April 2020

The CMLTO views MLTs as key healthcare professionals providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and at all times.

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Ontario government issued a statement regarding pandemic pay for frontline workers. The government did not consult with the regulatory Colleges (nor would it have been appropriate to do so) prior to announcing the increase. The list of eligible workers does not specifically mention MLTs, nor some other key regulated health professionals.

At this time, it appears that the government intends that the pandemic pay be provided to all eligible frontline staff, however, there are few details about how this will be implemented.

As a result of emails and questions from MLTs, the CMLTO suggests that MLTs who work at eligible workplaces ask their employers about their eligibility to receive the pandemic pay as those employers are likely developing processes to deliver it.

As the regulator, the CMLTO is not in a position to advocate on behalf of members—that is the role of the professional associations. The College does thank all medical laboratory professionals for their work to protect the public during these very difficult times.

Ontario Health Workforce Matching Portal

08 April 2020

The province has launched the Ontario Health Workforce Matching Portal that will help match skilled frontline workers with employers. Click here to read the announcement.

Please read or download the following information sheets (PDFs) for both organizers and for healthcare providers.
OHWM portal for healthcare providers
OHWM portal training guide
Ontario Health Workforce Matching Portal

Some health professionals have reported problems with entering their registration numbers when creating a profile. The government is working to fix the issues. Members experiencing problems should select “Other Health Professional.” Once they log into the portal, they can click on Account Information and then update their registration number. 

For other technical support, contact the Ontario Public Service (OPS) IT Service Desk at 1-888-677-4873 or 416-246-7171. Once you hear “You have reached the OPS IT Service Desk,” enter prompt code 011 on your telephone.

CMLTO COVID-19 eblast on April 1, 2020

07 April 2020

On April 1, 2020, the College sent this eblast (PDF) to all members, Voluntary Roster affiliates, employers, and medical laboratory stakeholders.

Members who did not receive the eblast should ensure that they have correctly entered their email addresses into their profiles at https://www.cmlto-onlineservices.com/, and have not unsubscribed from Constant Contact (the program used to send enewsletters and eblasts).

Please note that the CMLTO office at 25 Adelaide Street East remains closed until further notice. The College continues to operate as a virtual office. Click on the PDF linked above for more information.

Notice of 2020 Annual Voluntary Roster renewal

02 April 2020

On February 18, 2020, the CMLTO sent out notifications of 2020 Annual Voluntary Roster renewal to its affiliates. The 2020 Annual Voluntary Roster renewal began on March 1, 2020. Affiliates who renew after Thursday, April 30, 2020, must pay a total of $67.80 ($50.00+$10.00 late fee+$7.80 HST) to remain on the Voluntary Roster, and use the designation “Registered Medical Laboratory Technician.”

The CMLTO Consolidated Bylaws, Section 9.11.5 states, “If a person who is given notice under subsection (3) fails to pay his or her annual Voluntary Roster fee by June 1, that person will be removed from the Voluntary Roster and must undertake a new application assessment and pay the associated fee for same if they wish to be reinstated.”

To discontinue your affiliation with the CMLTO Voluntary Roster email registration@cmlto.com and have your name removed.

To access the Voluntary Roster renewal process please visit: www.cmlto-onlineservices.com. To log into the Voluntary Roster Renewal, enter your Voluntary Roster number and password. Your password has been set to your date of birth in the following format YYYY/MMM/DD i.e., 1955/SEP/01. If you do not remember your Voluntary Roster number, please search for your name in the Public Register which you can access from the CMLTO website www.cmltoroster.com.

For questions about the 2020 Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians renewal, please email registration@cmlto.com.

CMLTO office remains closed until further notice

30 March 2020

In accordance with advice from the federal Chief Public Health Officer, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CMLTO office at 25 Adelaide Street East closed on March 18, 2020, and moved to a virtual office for all College operations. The office will remain closed until further notice.

Click here for more information about service provision and contacting the CMLTO during this time. Additional updates will be posted on this website.

Applicants for registration should refer to this important information about online applications and forwarding documentation to CMLTO.

Information about MLT health human resources can be found by clicking here.

Letter to applicants for registration: important information

27 March 2020

The CMLTO recognizes that in the current COVID-19 pandemic, applicants for registration may encounter some unique circumstances as they prepare their supporting documentation. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with some options to address some of the current issues applicants may encounter. Click here to read or download the letter (PDF).

Applicants should email their questions to registration@cmlto.com.

COVID-19 eblast to members March 23, 2020

23 March 2020

The CMLTO sent an eblast to all members today regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Read or download the PDF by clicking here.

Members who did not receive the eblast should ensure that they have correctly entered their email addresses into their profiles at https://www.cmlto-onlineservices.com/.

Click here for more information about service provision and contacting the CMLTO while it operates as a virtual office. Further updates will be posted on this website.

Healthcare professionals should refer to the Ministry of Health's page for guidance about the virus, found here. The public should refer to this Ministry page for information and resources.