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About Us

The Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) coordinates the human resource and labour relations interests of more than 230 publicly funded health care employers in British Columbia. HEABC represents non-profit, denominational and proprietary health employers, as well as the province’s six health authorities.

How We Work

HEABC is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board includes a cross-section of members, representing the province’s health authorities, non-profit care providers, denominational care providers and propriety care providers, as well as the provincial government. Each year, HEABC’s Board of Directors outlines the organization’s strategic goals.

HEABC is also a member of the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) Secretariat, which coordinates the management of labour relations policies and practices in the larger public sector. It is comprised of eight Ministers or Deputy Ministers, the Commissioner of Public Service, and a representative from each of the six public sector employers' associations.

Under the Public Sector Employers Act, HEABC coordinates compensation, benefits administration, human resource practices and collective bargaining on behalf of the diverse range of BC’s health care employers.

History

The 1993 Korbin Commission’s Inquiry into the public sector recommended the creation of single employer bargaining agents in the public sector. As a result of this review, the Health Employers Association of BC was formed on December 1, 1993 under the Society Act to represent employers in the health sector.

Leadership Role

HEABC takes a provincial leadership role in strategic planning related to human resource and labour relations issues management for BC’s publicly funded health employers. Through collective bargaining and other industry initiatives, HEABC builds constructive and collaborative relationships with members, government, employees and unions, while continuing to adapt to the evolving needs of its membership.

 

Structure

Designed to foster collaboration and respond to the current and future needs of our members and stakeholders, HEABC’s structure focuses on a number of key areas:

  • Legal Services & Strategic Labour Relations is responsible for member advice and counsel in labour relations and health human resources including grievances and arbitrations, human rights complaints, hiring and selection, performance management and investigations and discipline for health authority and affiliate member organizations.
  • Strategic Negotiations & Benefits Administration take the lead in negotiations, collective agreement implementation and benefits administration for both contract and non-contract employees.
  • Absence Management & Occupational Health & Safety is dedicated to providing provincial leadership and coordination in attendance management, disability management, violence prevention and workplace health, safety and wellness.
  • Knowledge Management & Compensation Services adds value to BC’s health care system by using data intelligence to inform negotiations and health human resource planning. This division also provides compensation and classification services for contract and non-contract employees.
  • Physician Services provides consulting, analytical and legal services to the Ministry of Health related to physician compensation, negotiations, contract administration and dispute resolution.
  • Health Match BC recruits physicians and facilitates the recruitment of registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as managing the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, Rural GP Locum Program and physician Practice Ready Assessment BC program.

Vision, Mission & Values

Vision
The strategic leader in health human resources and labour relations for a sustainable health care system.

Mission
In partnership with our stakeholders, we deliver exceptional services to position health human resources in BC for the future.

Values

Because we value... We...

Integrity
  • Are accountable for our actions and responsibilities
  • Are consistently honest and trustworthy
  • Keep confidences and commitments
  • Always strive to do the right thing
Respect
  • Appreciate, regard and consider others
  • Are open and nonjudgmental
  • Foster a culture of empowerment and diversity
  • Include individuals with different backgrounds, ideas and viewpoints
Leadership
  • Think critically and strategically
  • Continuously look for proactive solutions
  • Inspire others to reach their potential
  • Promote and share best practices
Courage
  • Challenge assumptions and the status quo
  • Are open and are not afraid to say what needs to be said
  • Stand for what is right despite the threat of adversity
  • Admit when we are wrong
Excellence
  • Deliver products and services that add value
  • Endeavour to exceed client and colleague expectations
  • Look for new ideas and goals that are ambitious and make us reach further
  • Always strive to improve our systems and processes
Teamwork
  • Work together to achieve common goals
  • Provide support to each other
  • Communicate openly and honestly
  • Engage in peaceful resolution to conflict
  • Do our part by participating fully
Collaboration
  • Engage parties with mutual interests to achieve shared goals
  • Work with stakeholders on initiatives that directly impact them
  • Seek out expertise that advances health sector goals
  • Exchange knowledge with other jurisdictions and sectors

To help us achieve our vision and mission, we have created the following four strategies:

High quality labour relations and negotiations

Objective #1: Lead high quality labour relations, negotiations and contract implementation and interpretation aligned with government’s and members’ strategic directions.

Fostering innovation and efficiencies

Objective #2: Develop, analyze, and apply information to support health human resource innovation, decision-making and talent acquisition; contributing to a high performing, sustainable health care system.

Leadership in physician negotiations, contract management and recruitment services

Objective #3: Lead Physician Master Agreement negotiations, coordinate physician contract management, and address physician supply challenges.

Employee and organizational excellence

Objective #4: Position the organization for the future by leveraging our talent, continuing to build our capacity and promoting opportunities for employee and organizational growth.