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Understanding the Difference: Regulator, Association, Union, and Employer

Document Type: Info Sheet
Last Updated: November 9, 2023


The Health Professions Act requires a clear separation between the responsibility of the profession’s regulatory functions that protect the public and those related to advocacy, hiring practices, salary negotiations, and the economic and social wellbeing of registrants of the profession. This info sheet is intended to support an understanding of the distinct functions of a regulator, association, union, and employer.

Last Revision:

November 2023 – Added information about the role of an employer as well as a section providing more information about where you can find support.

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