Practice, research, and education directs the CPA’s mandate. In support of this, the CPA focuses on such issues as access to service, health human resources, culturally competent care for diverse groups, evidence-based practice, collaborative practice, surveillance; engages in various advocacy activities and partnerships; and chairs or is a member of mental health alliance focussed alliances.

As part of its mission statement, the CPA is committed to improving the health and welfare of Canadians; promoting excellence and innovation in psychological practice; and promoting the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge. It meets these objectives through some of the following activities:

  • Development of advocacy papers on the role and scope of practice for psychologists
  • Partnerships with mental health-related associations such as the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)
  • Developing and updating printed materials on the effectiveness of psychological services
  • Representation of psychological practice at the CPA’s convention
  • Survey the membership regarding psychological practice activities
  • Participating in consultations and experts tables on practice-related matters
  • Consultation with Professional Affairs Committee
  • Serving as a resource regarding legislation and regulation of delivery of psychological services
  • Organizing/responding to the federal budget consultations and announcements
  • Exploring opportunities to contribute to policy development in psychology
  • Contributing to the development of professional development activities

For information about the CPA’s activities on behalf of practice at the federal level, please contact Dr. Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, CPA, via email ( or by phone (613-237-2144, ext. 323 or toll-freeL: 1-888-472-0675 ext. 323).

Practice News

Seeking nominations for awards and grants

The Psychology Foundation of Canada became the new home of the Canadian Psychological Association Foundation in 2015 and now administers the awards and grants programs. They are looking for nominations for the four student awards – the Dr. Harvey Brooker Award, the Jean and Dick Pettifor Award, the Dr. Mary J. Wright Award, and the Dr. Bea Wickett Award.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2020.  For more information on each award and grant, please click here.

Supplementary Health Insurance Explained

CPA is glad to announce the launch of a guide intended to support health providers whose services are covered or reimbursed through private extended health insurance plans.  The guide, initiated by the CPA, was the result of a collaboration among several regulated health provider associations and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA). It is intended to help healthcare providers understand the private health insurance environment so they can in turn help their patients and clients understand the services they receive through their insurance plans. 

The guide can be found on CLHIA’s website here