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CMLTO's commitment to equitable access

30 June 2020

The CMLTO acknowledges and applauds the examination and discussions that Ontarians and people everywhere are having currently regarding the societal inequities in our communities. As always, the College is committed to living its mission, vision, and values to achieve its mandate to protect the public’s right to safe, high-quality healthcare through self-regulation of the medical laboratory technology profession.

The CMLTO believes in operating transparently, objectively, impartially, and fairly when engaging the public, applicants, and its members. The College is committed to providing equitable access to its services at all times and welcomes receiving concerns or complaints if it fails to do so.

Reminder: QAP updates effective Jan 1, 2021

23 June 2020

The CMLTO Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is implementing significant improvements which will affect all Practising members. The program updates will come into effect January 1, 2021. Members should review the following webpages to ensure they understand their QA requirements.

CMLTO office closed for Canada Day

23 June 2020

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The CMLTO's virutal office will be closed on July 1, 2020, for Canada Day. Regular hours resume at 8:30 am on July 2nd.

Please note that the CMLTO will continue to operate virtually until further notice. Click here for details.

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
OHWM FAQ
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.