Classifications Review for All HSPBA Members Coming This Fall

This fall, all HSA members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association will have the opportunity to help modernize the health care system, ensure your role in that system is clearly recognized, and confirm that you are paid for the full range of the work you do.

Over 18,000 HSA members work as health science professionals in over 70 different professions. The work is complex and it’s getting more complex with each passing year.

But for many of BC’s health science professionals, the current classification system has not kept pace with the change in their work. 

For over twenty years, previous governments have refused to modernize the classifications system, but in the last round of bargaining, the HSA and the current government struck an agreement to complete the design and implementation of the new profile-based redesigned classification system.


Your wage is determined by your classification. Your classification is determined by the health science profession you belong to, and the level of duties and responsibilities of your job. A good classification system keeps pace with the ever-changing ways in which the healthcare system is structured and delivers care. It also ensures that your role in that system is clearly recognized and that you are paid for the full range of the work you do.

The classification structures are mostly unchanged since 1990, despite the fact that your work has become more complex and acute. In some cases, there aren't enough classification/pay levels, leaving health science professionals stuck with little room for career advancement. In other cases, members are paid less than colleagues performing work of the same scope and level of responsibility. The classifications system needs to be updated to apply uniformly to workers across the full spectrum of health science professionals to reflect the reality of the health care system as a whole.

The bottom line is this: while the health care system has become much more complex in the last thirty years, and continues to evolve, the system that determines your rate of pay has not kept up. Improvements to the classification system will deliver overdue recognition of specialized work and, perhaps more importantly, create a foundation that can support new levels of specialization as health science professions continue to develop. This means that the system will be able to assign the appropriate level of pay proactively, not reactively.


All HSA members who work in health science professions under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA)


You can contact the union to confirm that you are or are not a member under the HSPBA.


Employers are currently compiling job descriptions for all HSPBA members, and will provide these to you directly in the early fall. While the timing is up to individual employers, they are required to do this no later than September 22.  


For now, nothing. The first step will be taken by the employer, who will be preparing to provide you with your job description and notification of what classification profile they’ve assigned to your job. They will provide this to you directly by September 22, 2023.

Between September 22 and November 15, you’ll need to fill out some online forms provided by HSA. These will guide you through the assessment of your job to determine if the employer has assigned your job to the right classification profile. 

If the employer has misclassified your job, the union will advocate for assignment to the correct classification profile starting in late November.


HSA will be providing more information to all HSPBA members later this summer. In the meantime, please ensure your contact information is correct, and encourage your worksite colleagues to be sure the HSA has their contact information as well.