HSP Member Programs

Health Science Professionals Chapter Bursary Program

The Health Science Professionals (HSP) chapter may, as funding permits, offer annual Chapter bursaries of up to $500 each. These bursaries shall be available to PEA HSP members subject to the following terms:

A. Eligibility

  1. Only PEA HSP members in good standing shall be eligible to apply for HSP Chapter bursaries.
  2. Applicants must be registered for, or in the process of being registered in, an upcoming part-time post-secondary educational degree or diploma program or other professional development education. A partial bursary may be awarded to cover education courses and associated costs (such as books and course materials) costing less than $500.
  3. Applicants must disclose funding they have received from employer funding or other PEA programs. A partial bursary may be awarded to applicants who have received partial funding from other sources. However, combined funding shall not exceed course costs.
  4. For professional development courses that qualify for HSPBA Professional Development funding, applicants are expected to apply for professional development funding first and may only apply for bursary funds to cover the difference between Pro-D funding and course costs. Information about the HSPBA Professional Development funding can be found on this page under Ongoing HSPBA Professional Development Fund. 

B. Requirements

  1. Bursary applicants shall submit applications to the HSP chapter via the link below. Applications shall include a statement (maximum 250 words) outlining the applicant’s education and career goals and how bursary funds will assist in attaining these goals.
  2. Deadline for receipt of applications shall be December 15. No late applications will be considered.

C. Conditions

  1. Bursaries shall be awarded at the discretion of the HSP Chapter Executive
  2. Bursaries may not be awarded should an insufficient number of suitable applications be received. Unawarded bursaries shall revert to Chapter funds.
  3. HSP Executive will review each bursary application to ensure that it meets eligibility criteria in sections A and B above.
  4. Should the number of applications identified in section C3 above exceed the number of bursaries available, bursaries shall be awarded first to those who have not previously received an HSP Chapter bursary. Selection will occur via random draw.
  5. Payment of bursary award shall be subject to proof of course completion. Successful applicants must provide proof of successful course completion within 12 months of notification of award or will be asked to repay the funds to HSP.

Ongoing HSPBA Professional Development Fund 

Ongoing HSPBA Professional Development Fund


  1. The applicant must be a Professional Employees Association (PEA) member covered by Health Science Bargaining Professionals Association (HSPBA) contract.
  2. The course must relate to professional development in a health science discipline being practised in the public health care system.


  1. Applications for funding will be dealt with on a first come first serve basis.
  2. Once the allocation is approved, the fund will reimburse the actual cost of tuition/course fees, book, and related expenses to a maximum of $250.00 per applicant.
  3. Applicants must disclose funding they have received toward the course from their employer or any other source. This funding is intended to supplement employer funding for which the member is eligible.
  4. Successful applicants will be advised by letter when their application has been approved and the amount that has been awarded.
  5. Successful applicants must provide detailed receipts for all expenses. Payment will be made once satisfactory receipts have been received.

Enhanced Disability Management Plan

An Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) is available for Health Science Professional members of the Professional Employees Association.

You can find out more about the program here. 

The EDMP is a holistic disability management program that works collaboratively with the employee, employer and union to ensure that employees return to work in a safe and timely manner. It is a required program for all regular employees who are part of the HSPBA bargaining association and have either taken time off with a work-related illness/injury (WCB) after one day or are off due to a non-work related illness or injury for five days or more.

The goals of the EDMP are to:

  • Support employees who are struggling at work, possibly preventing them from being off work;
  • Facilitate early intervention and effective rehabilitation to ensure that employees either remain on the job or have access to early-return-to-work programs;
  • Promote safe, accessible, and healthy workplaces;
  • Encourage health promotion and employee wellness;
  • Ensure a process that applies to potentially all incidents of inability to work as a result of illnesses, injury, disability and impairment; and
  • Reduce the costs of sick, LTD and WorkSafeBC leave.

The EDMP is intended to assist regular full-time or regular part-time employees in accessing services which can help to address medical, workplace or personal issues that represent barriers to an employee’s ability to return to work on a regular basis. It is designed as a plan the employee can use from the time they step out of the workplace through the treatment, possibly LTD, GRTW and accommodation, if required. Referrals can come from a variety of sources, including central call-in systems, employees, unions, managers, WCB, or LTD carriers.

If you are a member under the Health Science Professionals collective agreement and require information on EDMP, contact HSPBA EDMP Representative for PEA members Benita Spindel, 778-968-4411.

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The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

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