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​About Professional Regulation

Professional regulation...

  • is the Association’s essential mandate;

  • is what HRPA was created to do;

  • is actually more than what we do, it’s what we are!

In Canada, the regulation of trades and professions is done at the provincial level (it’s one of those constitutional things). The most prevalent regulatory model for professions is self-regulation. Self-regulation refers to an approach or system whereby regulatory powers are delegated by the state (in our case, the Ontario Legislature) to a body which is comprised of members of the profession (HRPA is one such body).

Protecting the Public

As set out in the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013, the essential mandate of the HRPA is to promote and protect the public interest by governing and regulating the practice of members of the Association and firms in accordance with this Act and the by-laws.

The ultimate objective of HRPA as a professional regulatory body is to minimize and mitigate the risks to the public and users of the professional services stemming from the practice of Human Resources management.
 

Four Basic Things Professional Regulatory Bodies Do (Including HRPA)

  • ​Ensure that only competent and ethical professionals are allowed into the profession

  • Ensure that, once in, members continue to maintain their competence and practice their profession in a way that minimizes the risk to the public

  • Deal with members that fail to live up to the standards of the profession

  • Manage relations with stakeholders in such a way as to develop and maintain public confidence in the regulation of the profession

As illustrated in the diagram below, HRPA’s regulatory framework is made up of five functions. Each of the five functions, singly and in combination, aims to reduce or mitigate the risk to the public posed by the practice of the profession.

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​Policy Development​Identifying risks to the public and working out the most effective regulatory response to manage or mitigate the risk

Registration and Certification

 

Ensuring that all applicants meet the qualification standards established by the Board for their respective categories of registration

Quality Assurance and Verification                   

Ensuring that registrants are abiding by the standards set by HRPA

Complaints, discipline, capacity & ​review

 

Dealing with situations where the conduct of practice of a member may have fallen short of the standards of the profession

Stakeholder Relations

 

Ensuring that all stakeholders understand HRPA’s mandate and have a high level of confidence in HRPA’s ability and willingness to serve the public interest ​​

hrpa regulated chart2 Updated-02.jpg 

​Policy Development​Identifying risks to the public and working out the most effective regulatory response to manage or mitigate the risk

Registration and Certification

 

Ensuring that all applicants meet the qualification standards established by the Board for their respective categories of registration

Quality Assurance and Verification                   

Ensuring that registrants are abiding by the standards set by HRPA

Complaints, discipline, capacity & ​review

 

Dealing with situations where the conduct of practice of a member may have fallen short of the standards of the profession

Stakeholder Relations

 

Ensuring that all stakeholders understand HRPA’s mandate and have a high level of confidence in HRPA’s ability and willingness to serve the public interest ​​

The purpose
To minimize and mitigate the risks posed to the public and users of the professional service.
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