OMHRA has a proud history of six decades of uninterrupted service to Municipal Human Resource professionals and Ontario municipalities.
We began in 1963 as the Ontario Municipal Personnel Association (OMPA) with a mandate to share information and identify opportunities to proactively respond to emerging trends and legislation in the personnel field, which was very much in its infancy at that time.
OMPA offered members a unique networking opportunity where they could discuss common interests and challenges, share best practices and formulate joint positions for collective bargaining.
The evolution of the personnel function over the next three decades was dramatic. Human resource management, which began in Ontario municipalities as a policing and processing function, became an integral part of the success of a municipality. Likewise, OMPA went from a membership of nine in 1963 to a vibrant association of one hundred and seventy-six members, representing one hundred and twenty-seven municipalities by 1993.
OMPA was renamed the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) in 1994.
Today, OMHRA represents over 500 members in over two hundred Ontario municipalities.