Professional regulators relieved by Alberta court’s reversal of ruling

Tribunal’s 2014 decision could have impacted recognition of IEPs
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2016

A recent ruling out of Alberta may not have made big headlines but if the appeal had not reversed an earlier ruling, it could have affected professional regulators such as the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Ontario or the Ordre des resources humaines agréés in Quebec (CRHA).

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta reversed a 2014 ruling by the province’s human rights tribunal that found the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) discriminated against a foreign-trained man who wanted to work as an engineer. Ladislav Mihaly felt the regulator’s request that he write confirmatory examinations discriminated against him based on his place of origin, the Slovak Republic.