Submissions to Government



  • November 2018
    On November 22, we presented to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Foods about the mental health challenges faced by Canadian farmers, ranchers and producers and e-mental health solutions. Many thanks to our members who assisted us in the preparation of our presentation.
  • October 2018
    On October 18, 2018, the Canadian Psychological Association presented to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on child and youth mental health. See the video here
  • October 2018
    CPA’s letter to Dr. Eric Hoskins, Chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. Read the letter.
  • August 2018
    Canadian Psychological Association’s Submission for the Federal Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget. Read the submission..
  • June 2018
    CPA joins the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) in calling on Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to suspend Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States and to revise Canada Border Services own policies on family separation. Read the letter.
  • June 2018
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent greetings to ICAP 2018 delegates and gave a special shout out to our CEO Dr. Cohen. See the video here.
  • April 2018
    Grassroots Advocacy Kit for Psychological Science (2018) – Download PDF.
  • March 1, 2018
    Federal budget 2018: Record new investments for fundamental science, research infrastructure, students and researchers. Click here to read.
  • February 2018
    COA presented recommendations to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on the Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Disability Tax Credit. See the video here.


  • October 30, 2017
    CPA’s letter to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of National Revenue about our concerns with the disability tax credit. Click here to read.
  • August 4, 2017
    CPA’s 2018 Pre-Budget Submission: Click here to read the submission.
  • April 2017
    CPA’s submission to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs concerning the role of psychologists in the mental health care of Veterans. Click here to read.
  • March 6, 2017
    Brief: Targeting funds for better access to quality mental health care for Canadians. Click here to read the recommendations to government from the CPA, APNL, APNS, PAPEI, and the CPNB.
  • February 16, 2017
    Brief outlining the CPA’s current recommendations to government for increasing access to meaningful amounts of effective mental health care. Read the brief.
  • January 26, 2017
    The CPA and the College of Family Physicians of Canada sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, on priorities for the federal investment into mental health services for Canadians. Read the letter.



  • October 20, 2015
    Submission to the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. Click here to read.
  • September 30, 2015
    Submission to the Assembly of First Nations and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch for the joint review of the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. Click here to read.
  • July 30, 2015
    Canadian Psychological Associations 2015 pre-budget submission. Click here to read.
  • May 28, 2015
    The CPA was invited to be a witness before the House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss Mental Health care in Canada. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness, along with two CPA members. Click here to read the transcript.
  • February, 25, 2015
    The Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) response to the proposed applications of the Excise Tax Act as it pertains to health care supply. CPA opposes the Federal Government and Canada Revenue Agency’s plan to tax mental health care. This is an issue about which CPA has been very concerned and has been in dialogue with the federal government for some time. Click here to read the document.


  • December 5, 2014
    The Canadian Psychological Association’s submission to the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. To prepare this submission, we reached out to our membership asking for examples of innovative projects in healthcare. A number of CPA members provided us with excellent input that helped shape our submission. CPA CEO Dr. Karen Cohen also participated in the face to face sessions with key stakeholders. Click here to see our submission.
  • July 28, 2014
    The CPA made a pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Click here to view the submission.
  • April 10, 2014
    The CPA was invited to be a witness before the House of Commons Committee on Health to discuss best practice and barriers for health care professionals in Canada. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness, along with a representative from the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Click here to read the brief.
  • April 1, 2014
    The CPA was invited to be a witness before a Senate Committee reviewing a private members bill intended to limit the amount that can be charged by “promoters” to file for the disability tax credit on behalf of individuals with disability. This is a file in which the CPA has been involved for some time. Dr. Karen Cohen, CPA’s CEO served as witness. Click here to read CPA’s brief on Bill C462.
  • February 24, 2014
    The CPA was invited to be a witness before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women to discuss issues related to the prevalence of and services available for eating disorders among girls and women in Canada. Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker, CPA’s Deputy CEO and Science Director along with CPA Member, Dr. Giorgio Tasca, served as witnesses. In addition to being a CPA Member, Dr. Tasca is a Research Chair in Psychotherapy Research (University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital), Director of Research at the Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Ottawa Hospital), and Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical Professor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Other witnesses on the panel included Dr. Wendy Spettigue (Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Program, CHEO) and Ms. Elizabeth Pheonix (RN, Adult Eating Disorders Service, Mental Health Care Program, London Health Sciences Centre). At the invitation of the Committee, following the presentation, the CPA submitted a brief to the committee on issues related to access to psychologists and psychological interventions as pertains to eating disorders. Click here to view the brief.
  • February 13, 2014
    CPA Letter to Minister of Health, Honorable Rona Ambrose. Click here to view the letter.
  • February 13, 2014
    CPA Letter to Minister of Public Safety, Honorable Steven Blaney and Correctional Service of Canada, Commissioner Don Head re: the jury verdict and recommendation in the Ashley Smith case. Click here to view the letter.
  • January 28, 2014
    CPA partners with Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) in reaching out to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care on their recently announced ‘medical psychiatry alliance” that aims to address mind body gaps in healthcare. Click here to read the announcement. Click hereto read the CPA/OPA response.


  • August 2, 2013
    The Canadian Psychological Association Submission to the 2013 federal government pre-budget submission. Click here to see the submission.
  • June 3, 2013
    Congratulations to Justin Trudeau on being elected the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Click here to see the letter.
  • May 21, 2013
    Canadian Psychological Association cautions the Federal Government about unintended consequences of Budget: Government to tax mental health assessments. Click here for Dr. Karen Cohen’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and here for media release.
  • May 2, 2013
    To mark the one year anniversary of Canada’s first mental health strategy next week, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is releasing an independent report by a group of health economists. The report ‘An Imperative for Change’ states that the delivery of mental health services can be characterized as a silent crisis and provides a business case, and proposes models, for improved access to psychological services. Click here for media release, here to view the press conference and here for new coverage.
  • April 29, 2013 and May 8, 2013
    CPA letters to the Standing Committee on Finance highlighting our concerns about proposed changes to the application of the GST/HST as it affects the practice of psychology in Canada. Click here and here for the letters.
  • March 21, 2013
    The CPA applauds the Federal Government for revisiting its disability management initiative: Better approach to Mental Health needed. Read the press release here.