I AM AN OUT-OF-PROVINCE (LABOUR MOBILITY) APPLICANT

Provincial governments are committed to ensuring professionals regulated in one jurisdiction can become registered in any other regulated jurisdiction in Canada. Where the profession is regulated, medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) are included among the professionals that enjoy full labour mobility. An MLT with a current registration from a regulated jurisdiction may apply for registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO).

Also, as of July 24, 2023, medical laboratory technologists registered in another Canadian province or territory may start working in Ontario if they are in good standing with their current regulatory body (i.e., no professional conduct or registration concerns) and must have completed a CMLTO application including payment of the application assessment fee. For more information, please refer to the Registration Committee Policy 23: Applicants Registered in a Canadian-Regulated Jurisdiction available here

The Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991

The Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991 describes the prescribed classes of certificates of registration. Applicants can apply for the following certificates which include:

  1. Practising – Registrants have met the CMLTO registration requirements and are able to practise or work as an MLT subject to terms, conditions, or limitations (where applicable). 
  2. Non-practising – Registrants have met the CMLTO registration requirements but are not currently practising or working as an MLT. Note that registrants with Non-Practising certificates of registration:
    • may not practice medical laboratory technology in Ontario
    • may call himself/herself a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Ontario
    • must upgrade to a Practising certificate of registration before starting to work as an MLT.
Practising Certificate

You must:

  1. have proof of eligibility to work in Canada (i.e., passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card)
  2. obtain a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check or Vulnerable Sector Check within the six months preceding the application
  3. have a Letter of Standing from a Canadian regulatory body in which you have current registration that is equivalent to the CMLTO Practising certificate.
  4. provide proof of active engagement
    • Option a) have been actively engaged (used your knowledge, skill and judgement as an MLT) in the practice of medical laboratory technology during the three years immediately preceding the date of the application
    • Option b) have successfully completed refresher courses approved by the CMLTO within the three years preceding the date of the application.
    • For more information, please refer to the Registration Committee Policy 13: Active Engagement available here

Non-practising Certificate

You must:

  1. have proof of eligibility to work in Canada (i.e., passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card)
  2. obtain a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check or Vulnerable Sector Check within the six months preceding the application
  3. have a Letter of Standing from a Canadian regulatory body in which you have current registration that is equivalent to the CMLTO Non-Practising Certificate. 

Emergency Certificate

Emergency certificates can only be issued or renewed when the Ministry of Health or the CMLTO Board of Directors declares an emergency. Before you register for the Emergency class, please contact the CMLTO to confirm if an emergency was declared. For more information, please refer to the Registration Committee Policy 21: Emergency Certificate of Registration available here (English). Please note that those with Emergency certificates will practise under supervision.

For more information about practising under supervision, please consult the following resources: 

  • CMLTO Supervision Form (English)
  • Guidelines for Supervision (English)
Letter of Standing Requirements

Health regulatory colleges will require a Letter of Standing from applicants who are registered in another jurisdiction. A Letter of Standing will include:

  1. Registrant’s name and license number
  2. Date of initial registration
  3. Registration history, class, and specialties
  4. A description of registration held, including any terms, conditions, and limitations.
  5. Ongoing investigation, allegation, conviction, suspension, and discipline hearings
  6. Any other information deemed relevant

If other regulators request further information about a CMLTO Letter of Standing regarding one of its registrants, the CMLTO has the legal authority to share relevant information based on section 36(1)(c) of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). By requesting a Letter of Standing to be sent to the other regulator, the registrant is in effect acknowledging and consenting to the CMLTO to send all relevant information to the other regulator. For more information, please review Registration Committee Policy 19: Letter of Standing

Are you ready to apply?

For further information, please contact the CMLTO Registration Department by email at registration@cmlto.com.