CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen and CMHA Interim National CEO, Fardous Hossein, Pen Op-Ed Piece

A recent Abacus survey found that 94% of Canadians believe our healthcare plans should cover mental health – they don’t – and it’s time to do something about that. Read WHY here, in the op-ed piece published by iPolitics.

2019 Federal Election

The next federal election is around the corner. CPA has created a microsite,, with election-related information, tools and links which include:

  • Links to information about the registered parties, their election platforms, how to find your riding, and how to check if you are registered to vote.
  • 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 Member of Parliament (MP) and candidates, with an option to send them a letter to express your concerns about the need for government to address and discuss issues relevant to psychological health and science.
  • Information about the advocacy positions CPA has taken in its recent 2020 pre-election federal 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 tracks regional trends, poll numbers, seat projections, and available riding by riding analyses.

The CPA is using the microsite to 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 with the aim to enlist interested and engaged CPA members with a passion for policy and politics, to act as advocates on health and science issues with their local MPs.

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 and affiliates who have an interest in being informed and engaged in the political process.

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.