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 Regulation of HR

Pursuant to the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is the regulatory body for the human resources profession in Ontario.


The object of HRPA’s Regulatory Framework is to ensure that human resources management professionals are competent and behave in an ethical manner.


In Canada, the regulation of trades and professions falls under provincial authority for the most part. The granting of regulatory authority is done through provincial legislation, which provides a framework for the regulation of a specified profession and identifies the extent of the legal authority that has been delegated to the profession’s regulatory body. The legal authorities delegated to professional associations or regulat​ory bodies usually include:

  • The right to set standards for who may enter the profession;
  • The right to set standards of practice for those working in the profession; and
  • The right to create rules for when and how members may be removed from the profession.

HRPA’s Regulatory Framework follows directly from the statutory authorities that have been delegated from the Government of Ontario. In essence, the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013, (RHRPA or ‘the Act’) is an act of delegation by which the Government of Ontario has delegated some of its powers to HRPA to regulate the human resources management profession. The act is the underpinning of HRPA’s regulatory framework. HRPA’s regulatory processes do not exist to serve the interests of members of HRPA but to serve the interests of the public.


HRPA regulates the profession through:

  1. The establishment of standards or requirements for registration with and certification by HRPA; the assessment of the qualifications of individuals against established standards or requirements for registration with and certification by HRPA, and the official recognition that an individual has met established standards or requirements for registration with and certification by HRPA;
  2. The establishment of standards of professional conduct by prescribing a code of ethics, rules of professional conduct and practice standards;
  3. The establishment of a complaints, investigation and discipline process whereby alleged misconduct, incapacity or incompetence of members of HRPA are investigated, leading to appropriate disciplinary measures in cases where such disciplinary measures are warranted;
  4. The establishment of effective appeal mechanisms whereby regulatory decisions may be reviewed.

As with other professional regulatory bodies, regulatory decisions about individuals are made by various committees, sub-committees and panels comprised of volunteers. The Office of the Registrar supports the work of these regulatory committees, sub-committees and panels by providing administrative and policy support. The Office of the Registrar is also the single point of contact for members of HRPA and members of the public with respect to regulatory matters.


Understanding Regulation

HRPA has developed several articles to help members better understand the regulation of the HR profession in Ontario by HRPA. ​

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Statutory Objects


The Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013 sets out the objects of the Association. Although HRPA may take on additional purposes, they cannot be contrary to the objects established by the legislation. 

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Professional Liability Insurance  

Since June 1, 2009, all members of HRPA who provide HR services as independent practitioners, whether full-time, part-time, infrequent or volunteer are required to carry professional liability insurance.  This obligation applies to members who may only perform very occasional consulting work, even if that consulting work is done without any payment or compensation.


The requirement for independent practitioners to carry professional liability insurances is part of the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct that all members of HRPA must agree to abide by as a condition of membership in the Association.

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