National body for HR still needed: CCHRA

Independent moves by provinces, loss of Quebec raise questions about national council’s role
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

Ontario’s HR association is lobbying the provincial government to pass a private member’s bill to regulate the profession. British Columbia took the initiative to develop an HR metrics service. And Quebec is no longer a member of Canada’s national HR association. Canada’s HR associations come in all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of resources and memberships. So what exactly is the role of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA)? With so much variation among the provinces, is a national body workable? Yes, according to members and non-members alike.

The council continues to develop and grow as provincial associations do the same, said Bill Palamar, executive director of CCHRA. With more professionals joining provincial HR associations, and the continued growth of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, there’s more revenue, which increases services and boosts innovation that can be shared among provinces, he said.

The B.C. Human Resources Management Association’s (BC HRMA’s) metrics service is a good example of the benefits of provincial initiatives, said Palamar.