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
In September 2019, CPA will launch its 2019 federal elections microsite. It will include:
– Links to information about the registered parties and their election platforms.
– Tips and explanations about the role of campaign volunteers and about how interested members and affiliates can get involved in the political process.
– How you can connect with your local riding MP and candidates – even sending them a letter to express your concerns about the need to address and discuss issues relevant to psychological health and science as part of the campaign (both locally and nationally).
– Information about the advocacy positions CPA has taken in its recent 2020 pre-election budget consultation and about what you might consider discussing with the candidates in your riding.
– A link to a popular website among those with a passion for politics that has cool features to track regional trends, poll numbers, seat projections, and available riding by riding analyses.
The microsite will also launch a new Very Involved Psychologist (VIP) and Very Involved Psychology Researcher (VIPR) post-election advocacy initiative. The VIP/VIPR program will be a longer-term strategic initiative that aims to enlist interested CPA members with a passion for policy and politics to act as advocates on health and science issues with their local MPs. No one is a better advocate than a passionate expert who’s established a personal connection to their local MP.
Note, CPA as an organization is non-partisan and does not endorse any particular political parties or candidates. Through our initiatives, the CPA’s goal is to assist its members who have interest in being informed and engaged in the political process. Note too that we will not be bombarding anyone with regular election updates, save reminders to consider visiting the site.
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.
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.