To advance and promote psychology for the benefit of all, one of the CPA’s four objectives is to improve the health and welfare of all Canadians.

Psychology is an important part of the social fabric of Canada. Canada is a big and diverse country. The information in this section is designed to make it less confusing and to help Canadians and people from abroad understand:

  • how psychology is organized in Canada
  • what psychologists do, how to find one, and what to expect from one
  • how psychologists and psychology graduates are educated, trained and/or regulated
  • the career options available in psychology

Our university psychology departments conduct research in a wide range of areas including neurosciences, health science, and social science. They also teach and train our students, our next generation of psychologists and psychology graduates.

Psychology services are provided in schools, private practices, businesses, health clinics, hospitals, jails, courts, social welfare agencies, rehabilitation centres, and workplaces to name a few. These services are provided by governments or in the private sector.

Provincial and territorial governments are responsible for public psychological services and the regulation of psychology.

Foreign nationals interested in studying or working in Canada within the field of psychology can find useful facts on the study and practice of psychology here.