Residence Life Professional Association

Serving residence and housing professionals since 1987


The Residence Life Professional Association connects students and professionals working in student housing across Western Canada to advance and promote excellence in housing services at post-secondary institutions through knowledge sharing of best practices and professional development opportunities.


The RLPA envisions a future where the student housing industry in Western Canada thrives and excels in providing an exceptional experience for our professionals and our students.  This will be realized through collaborative evaluation and development of best-practices across all functional areas within the industry, through creating deep and meaningful connections among members, and through professional development and educational opportunities. 

Guiding Principles

We believe in the value of ongoing and meaningful relationship building. We provide opportunities for formal and informal support and encourage connection and outreach by members.

Canadian Context
Our Canadian context makes us unique. All resources and services provided by the association are designed to promote context specific knowledge sharing and capacity building opportunities.

Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are important to our members. We will maintain an environment that is welcoming and accessible, and continue to adapt to the changing needs of our members and institutions. 

our story

The Residence Life Professional Association (RLPA) is a member run association of Housing Professionals from across Western Canada. Learn about our history!


What do we do?


Our field is comprised of professionals with unique perspectives and exhibit a wide diversity. Throughout the year the RLPA will provide valuable networking experiences both online and in person to help grow your professional network. 

Professional Development and Education

At our professional meetings, conferences and online we provide valuable PD and education opportunities. In the past we have explored issues around Mental Health, Sexual Violence, Personalities and more!

Student Leadership Conference

The RLPA hosts the annual LEAD Conference located at Gull Lake Alberta. This student leadership conference provides valuable professional development and learning opportunities for our student members of the association.

Canadian Content Focuses

We are one of the only Canadian only associations for housing professionals. Our content and discussion is focused around Canadian specific issues, advocacy and unique problems. 

Discussion Opportunities

Through access to a wide range of communication platforms such as our membership list serv you have the ability to reach out for help, shared resources and quick answers to your pressing questions. 

Scholarships, Awards and Recognition

We our proud of our members and individuals that make up the RLPA. To help support and recognize the contributions of our professional and student members of the association we have a variety of awards and scholarships available each year!

“WE are a family, we are more than ourselves when we are together. Support, and growth is promoted in every interaction.” 

– Dillon Andrus (Red Deer College)


Provinces / Territories


Student Staff

Member Resources

We are constantly growing our ability to provide support for our current and new memebers of the association. 

Resources include:

  • Job Board
  • Membership Directory
  • Meeting Minutes
  • RLPA Bylaws
  • Awards and Scholarships

Upcoming Events and Conference

Keep up-to-date on everything happening in the RLPA. With a variety of conferences, activities, education both in person and online we are sure to have something that interests you!