MAHCP – A BRIEF HISTORY
On October 22, 1970, the founding meeting was held at the Winnipeg General Hospital of the Manitoba Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MAMLT); 74 members.
By 1975, membership had grown to 500 and the First Executive Director is hired – Lorne Renaul.
On June 12, 1975, we changed our name to The Manitoba Paramedical Association (MPA) to reflect our membership, which now included Physiotherapists, Radiology Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, EKG Technologists and Technicians.
In 1985, the Association once again changed its name to better reflect its diverse membership to the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP). Membership had grown to 948.
The Association continued to grow, attract new disciplines and occupations to its fold such as Medical Sonographers, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacists.
By 1995, the membership had grown to 1,300 in over 30 disciplines.
By 1997, representation rose to approximately 1,400 members in 33 professions, in 29 individual health care facilities.
By the year 2000, MAHCP membership had grown considerably to approximately 2,100 members in over 60 professions including Audiologists, Dietitians, Case Coordinators, Resource Coordinators, Mental Health Workers, Pastoral/Spiritual Care Workers, Psychologists, Recreation Therapists and Social Workers in both the community and institutional settings.
Urban votes in 2002 increased membership to 3,400 members.
In October of 2005 at the AGM, the vote for a full-time President was carried.
In May 2018, the Manitoba government of Brian Pallister proclaimed Bill 29: The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, which mandated the consolidation of bargaining units and led to union representation votes.
On Aug. 22, 2019, representation vote results were made public and MAHCP won both the Shared Health and WRHA Professional/Technical/Paramedical votes, significantly expanding our membership.
Currently, the Association represents over 6,500 health care employees in 190 professions across the province.