Ontario HR regulatory bill passes second reading

Bill 32 referred to standing committee
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/22/2013

Bill 32, the private member’s bill that would regulate members of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in a manner similar to accountants, has passed second reading in the Ontario legislature.

It provides HRPA members “long-sought recognition as true professionals,” said Liberal MPP Vic Dhillon during debate in the legislature on April 25.

“As business practices, economic conditions, workforce composition and employee expectations all become more complex and interrelated, so have the demands of the professionalism of HRPA members.”

Progressive Conservative MPP Christine Elliott pointed out that critics of the bill are concerned it will be a burden to employers, but she poured cold water on that notion.

“I would say that that is simply false. Membership in both the HRPA and the CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation is voluntary,” she said. “Employers always have the choice (of) whether to hire CHRPs for their firms or businesses.”

The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. This is the third time a bill that would regulate HR professionals has been introduced in the Ontario legislature.

The first attempt, Bill 138, an Act respecting the Human Resources Professionals Association, failed to reach third reading in 2011 before the legislature adjourned for the fall election. It was a private member’s bill with one sponsor.

Last year, Bill 28, an Act respecting the Human Resources Professionals Association — which was introduced as a private member’s bill with three-party support at the end of 2011 — didn’t pass before former premier Dalton McGuinty announced his surprise resignation and suspended parliament. Ontario currently has a Liberal minority government headed by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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