The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. The CPA is a member-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and championing our 6500 members and promoting the advancement and application of psychology in the communities we serve.
The CPA was organized in 1939 and incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act, Part II, in May 1950. The CPA received its Certificate of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in August 2013.
Vision: A society where understanding of diverse human needs, behaviours and aspirations drive legislation, policies and programs for individuals, organizations and communities.
Mission: Advancing research, knowledge and the application of psychology in the service of society through advocacy, support and collaboration.
To ensure the CPA is meeting its mission and responsibilities, the CPA is guided by a strategic plan that sets out clear goals, objectives, activities, and operating guidelines for 2020-2025. The CPA’s strategic plan is founded on a vision that the science, practice and education of psychology has broad and deep relevance to public policy and the public good. The CPA’s intent is to realize this vision through all its principles, policies and activities.
The CPA is in its role as psychology’s national voice, they are an organization envisions a society where understanding of human needs, behaviours, and aspirations drive legislation, policies and programs for individuals, organizations and communities. The CPA’s strategic priorities target the activities that will help us hone this contribution. The impact of our contribution will be measured by the focus and success of our activities, organized to advance research, knowledge and the application of psychology in the service of society through advocacy, support and collaboration.