About UsFounded in 1951, the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is the national voluntary professional association for Canada's 4,000 psychiatrists.
Our MissionAs the national voice of Canadian psychiatrists, the Canadian Psychiatric Association advocates for the professional needs of its members and promotes excellence in education, research, and clinical practice.
Our Vision A strong profession for a healthy population.
We promise to deliver:
• enhanced quality of professional life;
• advocacy for support and equitable funding for psychiatric services and mental health research;
• high quality knowledge translation through our journal, clinical practice guidelines, position statements, and continuing professional development; and
• communication on national positions on matters relevant to the profession.
Productivity through People
• We embody an efficient collaboration of members, volunteers, and staff who are committed to mental health and the profession of psychiatry.
• We value diverse talents, strengths, and points of view.
• Our work is inspired by pride in accomplishments, recognition of contributions, and an environment of continuous learning.
• These rewards will lead to ongoing growth and replenishment of our volunteer pool.
We maximize our ability to function by:
• using transparent processes;
• respecting diversity;
• being open-minded;
• having integrity;
• focusing on core issues;
• respecting core values;
• appreciating and rewarding effort;
• offering resources for skill building;
• seeking the best people for the tasks;
• collaborating with our provincial and subspecialty affiliates; and
• collaborating with our internal and external partners and organizations.
Growth and Innovation
We continue to grow by:
• building and retaining membership through identifying and meeting the diverse needs of potential and existing members;
• retaining the emerging subspecialties in the national body;
• building stronger partnership with provincial associations;
• collaborating globally; and
• being politically responsive and relevant.
We continue to innovate by:
• contributing to policy development affecting the care of mental health of Canadians in the private and public sectors throughout the lifespan;
• generating leadership to develop ideas and concepts that will improve psychiatric care;
• advocating for enhanced capacity in psychiatric research;
• supporting the development of technologies that enhance practice, education and service delivery; and
• engaging and supporting physicians who provide collaborative mental health care.
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is a highly respected and active medical organization committed to serving the needs of its members and the health of the population. It is the leading national authority on psychiatric matters in Canada.
We are an independent association that manages our income and expenses in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner. We generate revenue from traditional and innovative sources in accordance with our values.
What We Do
Objectives of the Association• to uphold and develop the biopsychosocial approach to the practice of psychiatry and promote research and continuing education of members by establishing and maintaining standards of practice and facilitating maintenance of competence in the practice of general and specialized psychiatry
• to promote and participate in educational programs necessary for the care of persons with psychiatric disorders and the promotion of mental health
• to represent the profession of psychiatry to governments, universities, medical associations, licensing and certifying bodies, and other organizations with which the psychiatrists of Canada from time to time may have relationships
• to publish journals, newsletters and other literature for the dissemination of knowledge regarding psychiatric disorders and promotion of mental health
See Supplementary Letters Patent, by-law 41994
Key Strategic Result Areas (2008-2011)Effective advocacy
• to influence the mental health policy environment
• to influence the medical environment for improved patient care and outcomes
Leading knowledge transfer in psychiatry
• through a high quality journal, needs based clinical practice guidelines, continuing professional development and other communications tools
A results oriented membership program
• to enhance the quality of professional life for members
• focused on recruitment and retention
Working for a unified profession and supporting subspecialty recognition
Year in Review2010-2011
Contact UsTo contact the CPA Head Office or individual departments and programs, please visit Contact Us