About the HSA

Christin Lumsden
Christin Lumsden, medical radiation technologist, Surrey


we are the union delivering modern health care

Long ago, health care was just a doctor assisted by a nurse. In the last century, successful delivery of care has developed into a team approach. Modern health now relies on the specialized skills of a third group -- the highly-trained health science professionals who belong to HSA.

Patients who are dealing with a chronic disease, acute illness or serious injury may encounter six, seven or more different health care professionals in their journey to recovery and rehabilitation.

HSA represents more than 17,000 health science professionals at over 250 hospitals and agencies in acute care, long-term care and community health, including workers at child development centres and transition houses.

  • HSA is moving health care forward. You can count on our members to advance modern health care by using the smartest, most innovative tools and techniques.
  • HSA is the glue holding modern health care together. You'll find us working at every level of health care -- prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • HSA puts patients first. We are dedicated to better access, better outcomes and better health in a public health care system that benefits all British Columbians.

Outside of the acute care setting, HSA members support people living in group homes and residential care, help development of children in child care, and support women escaping violence.

Building a better world

At the workplace and beyond, HSA is commited to a better life for all British Columbians.

In addition to negotiating collective agreements for our members, HSA is active on many other fronts, including health care policy, labour issues, occupational health and safety, wage equity, women's issues, and the solidarity movement. HSA also works to preserve and promote public health care in Canada through campaigns, and through the activities of our committees. We offer a number of education opportunities to our members, both directly and through our labour affiliations.

As a component of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), and an affiliate to both the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the BC Federation of Labour, HSA works to improve conditions for all working Canadians by advocating for better working conditions, better pay, improved benefits and public pensions.

HSA is actively involved in the fight against breast cancer. Our members play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of breast cancer patients and since 1997 HSA has been an official sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's annual Run for the Cure.

Contact us

180 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC   V3L 0G7

1 800 663 2017 (within BC) or 604 517 0994

1 800 663 6119 (within BC) or 604 515 8889