As part of its objectives to promote the science, practice and education of psychology, the CPA is involved in a number of advocacy and government relations activities on behalf of psychology as a discipline and its members.

The CPA is a registered lobbyist organization, submitting monthly reports on its lobbying activities to the Government.

Some of the CPA’s advocacy activities include:

  • Meeting with members of parliaments
  • Presenting to senate and committees
  • Liaising with representatives of Canada’s funding agencies
  • Partnering with various mental health and research-focussed alliances
  • Creating briefs, responses and position statements
  • Participating in and responding to budgetary consultations and announcements
  • Participating in consultations and expert tables
  • Offering our input on committee work and bills under review
  • Compiling resources of interest for researchers
  • Launching strategic communications and media campaigns
  • Attending relevant conferences and events where we bring forth the perspective of psychological science and practice


CPA, OPA and CAPDA Letter to College of Psychologists of Ontario re: Registration of Psychology Practitioners at the Master’s Level

March 28, 2019 – The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) write a letter to express their profound concerns over the September 2018 motion approved by the Council of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) to continue registration of psychology practitioners at the master’s level and, further, to grant them the title ‘Psychologist.’ This 2018 motion overturns a 2013 decision of the Council to stop registering master’s practitioners of psychology.
Click here. for the full letter.

Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists. This updated guide is designed to encourage psychologists toward greater political participation and provides the basic tools and guidance needed for bringing issues forward to government. This new version includes expanded appendices with the tools you will need to craft letters and meet with elected representatives.

Psychology and Public Policy: A Government Relations Guide for Psychologists (2013) – 28 pages; $4.50.

To access the order form, click here.