What is ACSESS?

ACSESS Guidelines

The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services also referred to as ACSESS recognizes that its members operate in a competitive business environment, and cautions that any and all discussions held at ACSESS meetings or events need to be conducted in strict compliance with the Competition Act.    Not for profit associations, by their very nature, can present competition law problems, given that they often bring competitors together into the association, thus potentially and/or inadvertently permitting the occurrence of collusive action(s) to occur.  Only the action to restrain trade must occur for they’re to be an encroachment of competition law(s). We require that all ACSESS meeting participants avoid any tendency to attempt even tacit agreements about joint activity, which could violate Canadian competition laws, or could lead observers to suspect such violation. 


The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) resulted from the merger of - The Association of Professional Placement Agencies & 

Consultants (founded in 1962) and The Employment & Staffing Services Association of Canada (founded in 1968).

The 1998 blending of two strong associations gave ACSESS an expanded mandate to represent all facets of the employment, recruitment and staffing services industry as it is today.

What is ACSESS and how does it assist in ensuring a competent, professional and ethical industry? Continue reading below, or download our information leaflet (PDF).

The ACSESS Mission is
To Promote the Interests and Growth of the Canadian Recruitment & Staffing Industry

In order to accomplish this ACSESS will...

  • identify, communicate and monitor industry standards and ethical business practices
  • positively influence and protect the regulatory and business environment that impacts our members and the people they serve
  • promote credibility and visibility of the industry to the business community, government, and general public
  • provide our members with strategic support services, programs and tools to assist them in achieving their goals and objectives

A primary objective of ACSESS is to actively represent the industry and our membership before governments by providing input on employment legislation and regulations at the national and provincial levels. At the same time, ACSESS assumes a leadership role in ensuring that industry members are aware of legislation and regulatory changes which may (drastically) affect their businesses and responsibilities as employers.

From the standpoint of professional development and industry standards, ACSESS provides and administers the CPC Certification Program. Candidates must meet core requirements which include post-secondary education, length of service in the industry, compliance with the Code of Ethics and testing requirements. On successful completion, these professionals may use the designation CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant).

As a member of ACSESS, services available and distributed regularly include:

  • Dialogue Newsletter
  • Legislative Bulletins
  • Legal Case Studies
  • And a number of Value-Added Services, available to Members only.

In addition to these services, ACSESS promotes a number of educational events, including our annual conference, training and seminars, and district programs, which are held across Canada. Please click on Events to view current and past events.

ACSESS member companies pledge to uphold the Associations Code of Ethics & Standards. They are committed to an industry which gives clients the ability to respond to business realities and changing technologies; and to giving workers - at all levels - an ever-increasing range of employment opportunities.

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Mississauga, ON L5N 2X7

email: acsess@acsess.org 

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