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

BMS Article: COVID-19 Consent to Treatment

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

Sample consent form template: COVID-19 Consent to Treatment

See all of the articles here.

BMS Article: Parting Ways: The Right Way – Terminating the Client Relationship

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

This article provides practical considerations for determining and communicating the termination of a client relationship. Parting Ways – Terminating the Client Relationship_May 2020.pdf 05/27/2020

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PAA-CPA Letter to Alberta Minister of Education

CPA and the Psychologists Association of Alberta co-signed a letter that was sent to the Provincial Minister of Education outlining our mutual concerns about the Calgary Board of Education’s decision to lay-off psychologists (see letter).

Working with the Federal Government

CPA sent a letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee to offer our expertise in assisting in identifying sustainable solutions that keep Canadians mentally as well as physically healthy (see letter).

CPA, along with other national health organizations, met with the Federal Minister of Health on May 21st to discuss the role of the federal government in the context of COVID-19.  The Minister did indicate that the government is discussing what additional investments could be made in the mental health space.

Psychology’s professional liability insurance program…

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Professional liability insurance brokered by BMS renews on June 1st. All renewing members should have been contacted directly by BMS with a link to renew. Click here for important information about the renewal.

Message Regarding the CPA/CPAP BMS Liability Insurance Program

Dear Members,

We hope that you are continuing to stay healthy during this challenging time.

On or around May 1st, you will receive the 2020-2021 CPA/CPAP[1] Liability Insurance Program renewal from the program’s broker, BMS. You will see that Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) premium has increased this year. We regret that the increase comes at this challenging time of COVID-19, but please know that the increase is not related to the pandemic but to the increased cost of claims on the psychology program. There has been a steady increase in the cost of claims on the program year over year, with several years where the costs of claims paid by the Insurer have exceeded the premium they collected.


Call for Papers on the COVID-19 Pandemic With a Rapid Review Process

The COVID-19 pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects. There are many potential applications of psychological theory, practice, and research that have can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis. 

American Psychologist (AP invites papers related directly to the pandemic. As for all APmanuscripts, we seek high-impact papers of broad interest covering science, practice, education, or policy. Manuscripts should be written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

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Subject: COVID-19 Call for Assistance

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a letter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada sent on behalf of Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Tina Namiesniowski, President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Thank you for your assistance.


Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada

Letter to Health Professional Associations Eng.pdf

Interim Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Services Via Electronic Media

The following interim guidelines were developed by the CPA Committee on Ethics. They were approved in principle by the CPA Board in June 2006, and distributed for consultation in draft form. The interim guidelines were provided in March of 2020.

Psychology works for COVID-19. Psychologists giving back to front line service providers.

COVID-19 Front Line Workers

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians, none more so than those who are working on the front lines of health care. Canadians with COVID-19 depend on the expertise of health care providers. The health and well-being of those providers are critical to them being able to deliver this expertise. Hundreds of registered psychologists have signed on to an initiative of the CPA to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read more about this initiative and to find a psychologist in your area who has volunteered to provide psychological services at no charge.

If you are a psychologist registered to practice in Canada and would like to donate some of your time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this COVID-related health crisis, please click here to register:

Frequently Asked Questions

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