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Information regarding 2019-nCoV

07 February 2020

For healthcare professionals
For specific guidance regarding 2019-nCoV, please refer to the Ministry of Health 2019-nCoV Guidance. Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Ministry of Health continue to develop guidance specific to 2019-nCoV to assist public health and healthcare workers.

Healthcare providers considering the need to test a patient for 2019-nCoV should contact PHO’s Customer Service Centre at:  416-235-6556 / 1-877-604-4567 for advice and support.

For members of the public
For official information and links to resources, please refer to the Ministry of Health page. Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams says the risk to the public remains low.

Ministry of Health dedicated 2019-nCoV page

27 January 2020

To help educate Ontarians about Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the Ministry of Health has launched a dedicated webpage.

Every weekday at 10:30 am ET, the page will be updated with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario.

The 2019-nCoV symptoms, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. As a result, people who may simply have the flu are being tested out of an abundance of caution and in line with Ontario’s robust detection protocols. This means that most people who are tested are unlikely to be infected with 2019-nCoV.

Ministry of Health advisory: 2019-nCoV

23 January 2020

On January 22, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Health issued an advisory concerning Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
"Hospitals and other care facilities will be required to report a suspected or confirmed case of the new coronavirus to their local medical officer of health. The local public health unit can then quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests, and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection."

Relevant links for current information about the management of 2019-nCoV: Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

January 23, 2020 advisories from Ontario's Office of Chief Medical Officer of Health: Update letter (PDF) and Case definition document (PDF). 

2020 Professional Portfolio

15 January 2020

The CMLTO 2020 Professional Portfolio is now available! All Practising CMLTO members were emailed detailed instructions to access and maintain their 2020 Portfolio. All CMLTO members who hold a Practising certificate of registration, regardless of their employment status, are required to maintain an up-to-date Portfolio each year.

To support members in meeting their Quality Assurance obligations, the CMLTO updated the Portfolio resources including the Professional Portfolio tip sheet, Learning goals sample sheet, and the Self-directed study guidelines. Please click here for more information.

CMLTO provides speakers

02 January 2020


The CMLTO is committed to building relationships with members, other health profession colleges, key stakeholders, and the public. 

The CMLTO can provide speakers on a wide variety of topics, including its regulatory role, ethics and professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, and the Voluntary Roster of Registered Medical Laboratory Technicians.

To request a CMLTO speaker to deliver a presentation, please email memberrelations@cmlto.com.

MLT late fees and suspensions

02 January 2020

All MLTs in Ontario were notified of the CMLTO’s 2020 Annual Registration Renewal requirements by letter mail in October 2019, and the online renewal platform became available on November 1, 2019. The opportunity to renew the CMLTO membership without penalty ended on December 31, 2019. Members who failed to renew by the deadline will receive a Notice of Intention to Suspend from the Registrar & CEO in the coming week. 

Members wishing to renew their membership can still do so until 11:59 pm EST, on Friday, February 7, 2020, at www.cmlto-onlineservices.com, however, late fees have now been added to renewal fees. 

All MLTs who have not renewed their membership by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 7, 2020, will have their certificate of registration suspended. If a member’s certificate of registration is suspended, the Registrar & CEO will notify the member and their employers by mail. Upon suspension, the certificate of registration expires, and the former member is no longer authorized to practise medical laboratory technology in Ontario. 

Further, a permanent notation of the suspension (and subsequent reinstatement, if applicable) will appear in the MLT’s record in the CMLTO Public Register. A list containing the names of all suspended medical laboratory technologists will be published in the FOCUS newsletter.

CMLTO holiday office hours reminder

19 December 2019

Mon, Dec 23, 2019 - Regular hours (8:30am-4:30pm)
Tues, Dec 24, 2019 - Early closure (8:30am-1:30pm)
Wed, Dec 25, 2019 - Closed
Thurs, Dec 26, 2019 - Closed
Fri, Dec 27, 2019 - Closed
Mon, Dec 30, 2019 - Regular hours (8:30am-4:30pm)
Tues, Dec 31, 2019 - Early closure (8:30am-1:30pm)
Wed, Jan 1, 2020 - Closed
Thurs, Jan 2, 2020 - Regular hours (8:30am-4:30pm)

2020 Council Officers announced

19 December 2019

At its November meeting, the CMLTO Council elected the 2020 Council officers: 
- Jon Fawcett, President
- Helen Meaney, Vice President, Professional
- Tammie Rix, Vice President, Public.

Click here (PDF) to learn more about each officer.

Renewal FAQ available

19 December 2019


Please note that the CMLTO offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 at 1:30 pm EST, until Monday, December 30 at 8:30 am EST. Inquiries related to Registration Renewal sent during this time by email or phone will not be answered until December 30th.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document which addresses issues that represent the most common questions CMLTO receives during the annual registration renewal period. Click here for the FAQ (PDF).

MLT renewal reminder

02 December 2019


The CMLTO's Annual Registration Renewal for 2020 began on November 1, 2019. All medical laboratory technologists registered in Ontario must renew their CMLTO registration online by December 31, 2019. 

The Annual Registration Renewal notice, which includes renewal instructions, was sent by postal mail in the second week of October. Members can get started by logging into https://www.cmlto-onlineservices.com/, or by clicking the red button above.