Why HR profession isn’t organized nationally (Guest Commentary)

Would prevent associations from achieving statutory regulatory status
By Claude Balthazard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

Why is it that the HR profession in Canada is organized provincially and not nationally? The reason has to do with the blueprint for the profession. This blueprint is not always obvious but its impact on the organization of the HR profession has been profound.

From the start, the HR profession in Canada was based on the idea of emulating the established professions. The whole organization of the profession was, and still is, predicated on the idea that all of the provincial HR associations would one day become regulatory bodies.

This blueprint may be taking decades to unfold but it explains why, to this day, the HR profession is organized along provincial lines.