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New Name, Designation Marks Turning Point for the Human Resources Profession in Canada

October 12, 2016  
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CCHRA becomes CPHR Canada, Designation becomes CPHR

CCHRA announced today that they, and the eight provincial associations who make up the national body (including HRANS), are aligning under the name and designation CPHR - Chartered Professionals in Human Resources.

"This change further unites and strengthens the organization on behalf of our members." says Shannon Railton, Chair of CPHR Canada.  "The human resources role continues to become more critical in accelerating economic growth through business success and in improving the lives of employees.  Our strong, single CPHR designation showcases the unique experience and expertise CPHRs bring to the workplace."

The eight provincial associations in CPHR Canada opted to maintain one designation - Chartered Professional in Human Resources - as their standard of quality, consistent with many other professions and other HR designations around the world.

"We would have proceeded with aligning our Associations nationally under the previous CHRP banner," adds Railton, "however, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) of Ontario opted to create a three-tiered designation for their province and defined CHRP, which was shared across the country, as their entry level designation.  So the rest of Canada was required to either accept the three-tiered model, or make this change.  We collectively determined that it was in our members' best interests to proceed with one designation."

This summer, CPHR Canada, which is 27,000 members strong, announced a strategic agreement with SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), in the US, the largest HR organization in the world.  

CPHR Canada is Canada's representative on the North American Human Resources Management Association (NAHRMA) and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

The new CPHR brand will be rolled out in the coming months.

The Human Resources Member Associations of CPHR Canada include: HRMA (BC), HRIA (Alberta), SAHRP (Saskatchewan), HRMAM (Manitoba), HRANB (New Brunswick), HRANS (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), HRPNL (Newfoundland and Labrador), and CHRA (Quebec).


Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103 / Halifax, NS / B3S 1A2
Telephone: (902) 446-3660 / Fax: (902) 446-3677