The HRPA is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Annual Member and Student Survey Part 2: Regulatory Operations.

On a yearly basis, we give our members an opportunity to weigh in on the HRPA and the HR profession. This year, the Annual Member and Student Survey was divided into two parts with Part 1 of the survey taking place in April 2021. We asked members to provide feedback on HRPA’s programs and services. Here are the results.

Part 2 of the survey ran from June 2 to July 5, 2021, with a total of 818 respondents. This survey collected member insights on regulatory operations and assessed member and student engagement in the regulatory process.

Key findings from Part 2 of the Annual Member and Student Survey:

Survey respondents shared some of the following insights about how they feel the HRPA is engaging members and students with professional regulation:

  • 58% of respondents believe the HRPA is positively influencing the conduct and practice of members and students.
  • 57% of respondents feel that the HRPA is doing a good job of ensuring members and students maintain their knowledge, skills, and compliance.
  • 65% of respondents feel that the honesty and ethical standards of HR professionals registered with HRPA are high or very high.

Survey respondents were also asked to rate several potential updates to the continuing professional development (CPD) program:

  • Adding practice or work-based reflection as an eligible CPD activity was the most positively received idea, with 55% giving it a rating of good or very good.
  • Moving to an annual cycle was the least popular idea among respondents, which 48% rated as bad or very bad.

To view all the key highlights of the survey, click here


Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in Part 2 of the Annual Member and Student Survey.

The incompetent or unethical practice of HR can lead to real harms for employers, employees and candidates including loss of productivity, unsafe workplaces, harassment, discriminatory hiring practices, bullying, employee rights violations and more.

As a regulatory body, the HRPA gives HR professionals the tools and standards to perform their practice ethically to prevent these harms from occurring.

We’re optimistic that this year’s survey will continue to bridge any gaps in understanding so that everyone understands the importance of professional regulation in protecting the public – and bolstering the reliability and credibility of HR professionals in Ontario.

For more information on professional regulation, click here.