Association, Professional order and Union
The association exists by the will of its members and was created to protect their interests. Inside the association, members have more powers. Membership is optional, which has a major impact on operational budget and actions undertaken by the organization. Indeed, the association can work on different issues such as the recognition of the work done by its members, the creation of tools for supporting private practice, or sharing information among different groups. It can also conjugate its actions to those of unions in national issues such as pay equity.
The professional order was created by the State within a legislative context. Its mission was decided by the Professional code: to protect the public. Membership is compulsory for professionals to retain their title and to be able to carry out regulated acts of their profession. Every professional order is subject to the Law on lobbying. All 46 professional colleges of the province of Quebec, composed of 51 regulated professions and more than 347, 000 professionals, have the same mission. Law and regulations govern activities of a professional order. Members of the order have thus only limited powers in general assembly. Our order engages in professional practice evaluation and peer-evaluated professional competence using similar means to other professional colleges such as : admission, professional inspection and trustee ship among others. Our professional college also helps improve the quality of life of the general public in engaging in public issues and by carrying out information and training activities.
The Union is an organization whose sole mission is to defend the interests and rights of its workers from different professions. The Union negotiates collective agreements. It is active in issues such as pay equity, work conditions, employment relationships, health and security in work places, group insurance plans, retirement funds, etc.
Free translation from French, seen in : Fréquences, vol 22, n°2, été 2011, Les traumatismes crânio-cérébraux, p.9