Corona Virus – COVID-19 Public Resources & Member Messages

Member Messages

Setting Up Your Practice for Online Therapy

Dr. Christine Korol, Ph.D., R.Psych. YouTube videos on setting up your practice for Online Therapy

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The MHCC is here for you

Resource hub dedicated to mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic


Articles & Resources from BMS

BMS is producing an ongoing series relating to COVID-19.

  • – As many members transition to a Telehealth environmente, BMS has created the attached Telehealth Consent Form: Consent to Use Electronic Communications to Provide Telehealth Services (03/27/2020)
  • – Many retired members are seeking to return to the workforce during COVID-19: Returning to Practice During COVID-19 – Professional Liabilty Insurance Considerations (03/27/2020)
  • – This article is designed to assist health professionals interpret and apply their obligations under PHIPA during a public health emergency: Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic (03/
  • – A resource in relation to tele-health: COVID-19: Virtual Health Care Services – Ensuring Continuity of Care (03/19/2020)
  • – Position statement document as it relates to COVID-19 and insurance coverage within the CPA/CPAP program member policies: COVID-19: Insurance Coverage Position Statement (March 19, 2020)

  • CPA/CPAP: COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance

    Canadian Psychological Association / Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists co-hosted webinar on the current state of COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance. Dr. Karen Cohen of the CPA and Dr. Judi Malone of CPAP moderate this presentation by BMS and Gowling.

    COVID-19: Virtual Health Care Services
    Ensuring Continuity of Care

    BMS has provided a paper on ensuring the continuity of care via virtual health care service during the CORONA-19 outbreak.

    “In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), health professionals are exercising all efforts possible to ensure that there is no disruption in service or breakdown in patient care. The Ministry of Health in Ontario has released health-sector specific guidelines to assist health facilities minimize the risk of infection within their respective practices.

    Current public health directives advise against direct patient care in non-urgent situations. In these circumstances, health professionals may consider the delivery of health care via tele-practice.” …

    Read the full position paper here: Resource_2020 (PSY).pdf

    COVID-19 Member Message

    As the impact of COVID-19 is being felt worldwide, we recognize the pressure this evolving crisis is placing on educators, teachers, supervisors and practitioners of psychology throughout Canada. On behalf of the CPA, we extend our gratitude for the leadership roles so many of you are playing in your communities and your efforts to address the needs of your colleagues, students and patients.

    To support your efforts, and to inform the public, we have compiled and created a variety of resources. We and are also working with our partners and other associations to advocate for, not only on behalf of our members, but also for members of the Canadian public.

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    COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Position Statement

    BMS has provided a position statement document as it relates to COVID-19 and insurance coverage within the CPA/CPAP program member policies.

    “We continue to work collaboratively with our various stakeholders and partners including your Association to keep you informed during this evolving and unprecedented time.
    This letter addresses specific aspects of policies purchased by CPA/CPAP members, including Business Interruption, Commercial General Liability and Professional Liability.” …

    Read the full paper here: Statement_CPA CPAP March 19 2020.pdf

    News Posts

    CPA’s 2020 Annual National Convention Cancelled due to COVID-19

    The CPA has been continuously monitoring the evolving issues related to the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad, inclusive of federal and provincial government decisions taken in the service of community safety.  Experts and all levels of government have warned or advised us about the greater transmission risks posed by large gatherings of people.

    While we do not know for how long COVID-19 will remain a public health emergency in Canada, we do know that at this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that event organizers cancel or postpone in-person gatherings of more than 50 attendees, where proper physical distancing measures would be difficult to implement and maintain, in Canada for the next eight weeks in order to delay and reduce community transmission.  Accordingly, the CPA has taken the decision to cancel our in-person 81st CPA Annual National Convention in Montreal, QC, scheduled for May 28-30, 2020, inclusive of all pre-convention workshops scheduled for May 27th.  We made this decision based on the guidance and directives of experts and governments, and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members and affiliates, attendees, staff, public and the various teams that support the annual convention. …

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    Sun Life Covers Virtual Care Services Delivered by Psychologists

    Sun Life has advised that, as of March 23, 2020, they will cover virtual care services delivered by psychologists. For further information go to

    Daily “Virtual Lunch” for Mental Health Care Professionals and Clients

    “Our approved sponsor Leading Edge Seminars will be doing a “virtual lunch” daily at noon for their community of mental health professionals and clients. This will begin with Lawrence Murphy (online counseling), Janina Fisher (psychotherapist, consultant), and Margaret Wehrenberg (author of books on the treatment of anxiety and depression).

    To register for any of these free Virtual Lunches, follow this link.

    Joint statement from APA, CPA, APPIC, and ASPPB regarding the impact of COVID-19 on psychology training in North America.

    Education & Training in Health Service Psychology – COVID-19 – Joint Statement Updated 3-19-2020

    The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) have received questions and concerns from programs and students concerned about how COVID-19 will impact their training experiences and if it will impact their completion of degree requirements. The range of ever-changing information, sometimes conflicting, from different organizations in which psychology graduate students train throughout the U.S. and Canada has contributed to increasing anxiety. …

    Click here for the full statement

    New “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets responding to COVID-19

    The CPA has produced a series of Fact Sheets in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

    • Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/20/2020
    • Psychological Practice and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PDF | HTML NEW 03/18/2020
    • Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children – PDF | HTML NEW 03/17/2020
    • Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 – PDF | HTML NEW 03/13/2020

    You can find all of our “Psychology Works” Fact Sheets here

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) news release: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following news release: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. More …

    COVID-19 Resource links

    Current information about COVID-19 may be accessed from:

    World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

    March 6,2020 Bulletin from CIHR





    March 6, 2020


    To further contribute to global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of nearly $27 million to fund coronavirus research.

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    Backgrounder: Read about the funded projects

    Note: CIHR will be posting detailed information on the COVID-19 competition decisions next week.


    Thanks to the incredible response from the community, in less than a month, we were able to work with our international colleagues to assess the situation in China and around the world, develop a research response focused on the urgent areas of need, launch the funding opportunity, adjudicate the applications, and award funding to the successful applicants.
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    The three federal granting agencies can confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of CoVid-19. This applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel.
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    The Government of Canada is updating its online information about coronavirus every day, including the latest on the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare, travel advice, and what Canada is doing to respond to the outbreak.
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