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Partners and Stakeholders

Professional Representation

CSMLS represents the professional interests of medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants through membership on committees, presentation of briefs, and discussions with government departments and other Canadian health-professional organizations.

Professional Representation

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Steering Committee on Health Care
  • CMA Committee on Assembly of Health Science Professionals (AHSP)
  • Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
  • Canadian Network of Associations of Regulators (CNAR)
  • Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • International Qualifications Network Advisory Committee

Occasionally CSMLS present briefs and discussion papers to commissions and task forces whose mandate covers anything that might affect CSMLS members or the profession.

Provincial Organizations

CSMLS works closely with provincial societies and regulatory bodies. The structure and function of the provincial organizations varies from province to province. British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island have voluntary societies that represent the profession. In Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, the provincial regulatory body and the provincial society are one in the same. In Ontario and Manitoba the regulatory body and professional society are separate organizations.

The Professional Standards Council (PSC) is the provincial/territorial organization responsible for regulation/licensure. If there is no regulatory body, the provincial association is eligible. The PSC approves the competency profiles that are used for certification and accreditation of education programs. The PSC chooses certified subject matter experts from across Canada to form exam panels which are responsible for the development of exams, exam plans and new questions. They also validate exams to ensure they are fair and they assess the skills within the terms of the competency profiles. The PSC is also the policy recommendation body for Certification, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Standards of Practice.

Regulatory Bodies

Provincial regulatory bodies (also called regulatory colleges) establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as a medical laboratory technologist. Their primary role is to protect the public.

CSMLS works in partnership with provincial regulatory bodies but is a completely separate organization.

Regulatory bodies exist in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. If you wish to work as an MLT in any of these provinces, you must be registered with the provincial regulatory body. Medical laboratory assistants are not a regulated health profession in Canada at this time.

Provincial Societies and Regulatory Bodies

BC Society of Laboratory Science (BCSLS)
720-999 West Broadway Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K5
(604) 714-1760 or (800) 304-0033
FAX (604) 738-4080

College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA)
301-9426 51 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 5A6
t. 780 435 5452 ext 225
f. 780 437 1442

Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT)
201-2124 Broad Street
Regina, SK S4P 1Y5

Mailing Address
Box 3837
Regina, SK S4P 3R8

Manitoba Association for Medical Laboratory Science (MAMLS)
585 London St
Winnipeg MB R2K 2Z6
(204) 669-9050
FAX (204) 667-1747

College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM)
245 Lilac Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 2S2
Telephone: (204) 231.0311
Toll Free: 1-877-331-0311
Fax: (204) 489-7300

Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT)
234 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 402
Toronto, ON M4P 1K5
(416) 485-6768 or (800) 461-6768
FAX (416) 485-7660

College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)
25 Adelaide Street East - Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M5C 3A1

Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec (OPTMQ)
281, av. Laurier Est
Montréal, QC H2T 1G2
(514) 527-9811 or (800) 567-7763
FAX (514) 527-7314

New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT)
489 Acadia Avenue, Suite 206
Dieppe, NB
E1A 1H7
Telephone: (506) 855-0547
Fax: (506)758-9956

Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT)
380 Bedford Hwy Suite 202
Halifax NS
B3M 2L4
Telephone: (902) 453-9605
Fax: (902) 454-3535

Prince Edward Island Society of Medical Technologists (PEISMT)
c/o QE Hospital
Attn: Andrea Dowling
PO Box 6600
Charlottetown, PEI CIA 8T5

Newfoundland and Labrador College for Medical Laboratory Science
PO Box 39057
430 Topsail Rd
St. John's, NL A1E 5Y7
(709) 754-8324


Canadian Network of National Association of Regulators (CNNAR)
Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Canadian Association of Laboratory Educators (CAMLE)
Canadian Medical Association
International Federation of Biological Sciences (IFBLS)
Canadian Association of Allied Health Professionals (CAAHP)
Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-Canada)
United States and Canada Association of Pathologists (USCAP)
Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM)
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)
Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (CACMID)
Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI)
Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC)
Canadian Hematology Society (CHS)
Colleges and Institutes of Canada (ACCC)