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Learn more about the profession of counselling/psychotherapy
through CCPA’s government submissions, issue papers, media press releases,
and more!

Publications relating to the profession of counselling/psychotherapy

Counselling/Psychotherapy Infographic


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COVID-19 Impacts on the Mental Health and Substance Use Health (MHSUH) Workforce in Canada

Learn more about this research from Canadian Health Workforce Network & Mental Health Commission of Canada, in which CCPA participated!

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Federal Government Submissions

Canada’s mental health care system is under significant strain: an estimated 5.3 million Canadians reported they needed help for their mental health in 2017, but of these, 43% (2.3 million) reported that their mental health needs were only partially met or fully unmet. The need for counselling was the most likely to be unmet (Moroz, Moroz, D’Angelo, 2020). Improving access to counsellors/psychotherapists is essential in order to address the barriers in accessing mental health services.

CCPA advocates for improved access to counselling/psychotherapy services with the Federal Government:

1 – GST/HST exclusion for all mental health services, including those provided by counsellors and psychotherapists

Counsellors and psychotherapists are currently NOT exempt from charging GST/HST. CCPA encourages members to learn more about their tax obligations through the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.

Taxation is a federal matter, and as the largest national association for counsellors and psychotherapists, CCPA has been advocating for the removal of tax on counselling and psychotherapy services since 2004. The Excise Tax Act (ETA) lists professions and services that are exempt from charging GST/HST; in order for counsellors and psychotherapists to be listed as exempt medical professionals in the ETA, the profession must be regulated as a health profession in at least five provinces or territories.

As such, CCPA has taken a leadership position in supporting regulation of the profession of counselling and psychotherapy across Canada through our involvement in provincial federations and coalitions, as well as providing opportunities for said federations and provincial regulatory colleges to come together to collaborate on shared priorities.

In the last decade, CCPA has supported a number of provinces in regulating the profession of counselling and psychotherapy: Nova Scotia (2011, Registered Counselling Therapist), Quebec (2012, Psychotherapy Permit), Ontario (2015, Registered Psychotherapist), New Brunswick (2017, Licensed Counselling Therapist) and Prince Edward Island (2021, Counselling Therapist). Despite receiving royal assent in 2018 to regulate the profession, Alberta is still awaiting proclamation as the final step in the regulatory process.

At the time that Alberta received royal assent and would have been the fifth province to regulate the profession, CCPA applied for the counselling and psychotherapy profession’s exemption in the ETA through the Department of Finance. The application was declined because the regulated provinces did not regulate the same professional title. Despite documentation and discussions that demonstrated how the professions share a common scope of practice even though different professional titles are used, the profession is not eligible for the exemption because the provincial legislation that regulates the professions does not use the same title and scope of practice language in describing the professions.

Furthermore, in 2017, CCPA supported a private member’s bill by MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault to amend the ETA and exempt counselling and psychotherapy services from GST/HST. Listen to the press conference with MP Dusseault and CCPA and read Bill C-393:

Unfortunately, an election was called before MPs could vote on the bill. Dusseault’s interest in this issue did, however, lead to an invitation to appear before the House of Commons Finance Committee to speak to CCPA’s annual pre-budget submission which included a recommendation on GST/HST exemption:

CCPA continues to advocate for tax exemption in our annual pre-budget submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and Department of Finance, as well as meetings with Federal Members of Parliament on this issue.

In Spring 2021, CCPA’s member advocacy survey provided valuable information about the GST/HST practices and barriers of members, and helped inform key advocacy messages on the GST/HST matter. Staff met once again with the Department of Finance in 2021 to explore alternatives to obtaining an exemption for the profession in the ETA. The meeting unfortunately did not result in a GST/HST exemption for the profession, but once again helped inform next steps in CCPA’s advocacy plan on this issue.

During the 2021 federal election, CCPA launched a successful letter-writing campaign to all candidates across Canada. The campaign included one letter devoted to the GST/HST exemption for the profession of counselling and psychotherapy.

Federal advocacy will continue to include meetings with Members of Parliament to raise awareness on the issue of unequal access to mental health care services provided by counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as submissions to relevant House of Commons Committees and meetings with policy makers at the Department of Finance and Canada Revenue Agency. Please see the our website for the most recent submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, House of Commons Finance Committee, and Department of Finance.

CCPA also continues to support regulation of the profession across Canada; we will re-apply for exemption once the fifth province regulates the counselling therapist or psychotherapist title with the aim of ensuring that practitioners of both titles obtain an exemption under the ETA. Stay up to date on the process of regulation through the summary and links on our Regulation Across Canada page.

In the meantime, we continue to work on achieving recognition from the Department of Finance that the counselling therapy and psychotherapy professions in regulated provinces are the same profession in all but name.

2 – Permanent inclusion of counsellors and psychotherapists in the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP)

The Public Services Health Care Plan (PSHCP) is the largest health insurance plan in Canada that covers over 750,000 federal public servants, members of Parliament, federal judges, employees of certain designated agencies, veterans, members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP, pensioners and eligible dependents. The plan is currently administered through Sunlife Insurance.

The Government of Canada has awarded the contract to administer the PSHCP to the Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life). The new contract will come into effect July 1, 2023, following a transition period. Plan members (your clients) will continue to send all claims and requests to Sun Life until June 30, 2023. Please note that this change will have no impact on PSHCP negotiated benefits.

Following years of advocacy on the issue, in the spring of 2020, temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) were implemented which accepted counsellors and psychotherapists as eligible mental health practitioners. These changes continue to remain in effect until indicated otherwise.

Negotiations began to renew the plan last spring, and remain ongoing. CCPA has actively advocated for the temporary inclusion of counsellors/psychotherapists to become permanent in the plan. Unions taking part in the negotiations have confirmed their support for this permanent inclusion and are representing our interests at the bargaining table. CCPA is also advocating to ensure the new plan allows counsellors/counselling therapists/ psychotherapists to register for the direct billing platform alongside other allied medical professions.

3 – Inclusion of all counsellors and psychotherapists nation-wide in the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Plan for First Nations and Inuit

More information to come – stay tuned!

Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2022 Budget (August 2021)


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Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (January 2021)

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Submission to the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2021 Budget (August 2020)

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Submission to the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2020 Budget (August 2019)

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Issue Papers

The profession of counselling/psychotherapy is diverse; practitioners working in diverse settings such as private practice, schools, universities, agencies, and health care. CCPA’s issue papers highlight professional practice issues relevant to the counselling/psychotherapy in Canada.

Issue Papers

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The Urgent Need for Improved Indigenous Mental Health Services in Canada


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Students - Background

Supporting Transition to Adulthood Among Youth with Mental Health Needs


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Recruit Member - Background

Career Matters: the Critical Role Career Development Plays in Mental Health and Wellness


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Media Requests

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national bilingual association that promotes the profession of counselling and psychotherapy and its contribution to the mental health and well-being of all Canadians. CCPA is available to the media to speak on matters related to the role of the profession in all healthcare, educational and industry sectors; contact us to arrange an interview with one of our spokespersons.

For media requests, please contact:
Ben Howe
(613) 697-2105
[email protected]
Impact Public Affairs

Press Releases

CCPA is committed to recognizing and supporting various special days and weeks throughout the year, both nationally and internationally, by issuing press releases to the media to highlight these important events. In many cases, the release results in an interview with a CCPA expert on radio, television or in the print media. In this way, CCPA is helping to raise awareness of issues that affect the profession, while promoting the services offered by counsellors and psychotherapists and sharing valuable resources, such as the Association’s Let’s Talk website, which is designed to help people living with mental illness and mental health issues.

You will also find in this section relevant news releases from national groups that CCPA supports and belongs to (such as the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health) or other organizations (such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada).

2017

December 12: Pre-Budget Report Focuses on Mental Health Needs and Appropriateness of Care

December 6: Canada Must do More to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women

November 13: Myths Surrounding Drug Addiction: Why Destigmatizing Opioid Addiction Is Critical

November 2 – Counsellors and Psychotherapists Applaud Bill Aimed at Establishing Tax Fairness for Mental Health Services

November 1 – Canada Career Month Focuses on Employment Issues Impacting Millennials and Baby Boomers

October 16 – Mental Health Organization Receives Prestigious Award for Work in Support of Canada’s Veterans and their Families

October 2 – Taking Over Parliament Hill to Advance the Mental Health Agenda

September 8 – World Suicide Prevention Day and Understanding Why Suicide is One of the Leading Causes of Death in Canada

July 13 – Living in Recovery and Taking Action: CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2017

June 27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day Brings Attention to Need for Culturally
Appropriate Counselling Nation‐Wide

June 21 – National Aboriginal Day and the Need to Prioritize Mental Health

May 18 – School Counsellors Working with Military and Veteran Families: New Resource for Canadian School Counsellors

May 3 – CAMIMH Hosts 15th Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala

May 1 – National Mental Health Week Shines a Spotlight on Mental Health Issues Faced by Canadians

April 11 – CAMIMH Calls for Nominations for the Faces of Mental Illness Campaign

April 4 – CAMIMH (Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health) Press Release
Meet our 2017 Champions of Mental Health!

March 27 – CAMIMH (Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health) Budget Press Release

February 6 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Celebrates Fourth Annual Canadian School Counselling Week

2016

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: ending the culture of gender-based violence

November 14 –National Addiction Awareness Week: Recovery is Possible with the Right Support

October 18 – Crisis Point: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Calls on the Government to Address the Urgent Need for Improved Indigenous Mental Health Services

October 4, 2016 – Speaking up for those who are living in silence: CAMIMH advances the policy discussion on mental health in Ottawa

September 10, 2016 – World Suicide Prevention Day: Having the Difficult Conversation

July 13, 2016 – Spreading Awareness, Reducing Stigma: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Introduces its Faces of Mental Illness for 2016

June 27, 2016 – 14th Annual Multiculturalism Day Highlights Need for Culturally Sensitive Counselling for Canada’s Diverse Population

June 21, 2016 – National Aboriginal Day: There’s Hope that Mental Illness will be Prioritized

May 24, 2016 – Schizophrenia: a Serious Mental Illness Affecting an Estimated 300,000 Canadian

May 17, 2016 – Mental Health and Well Being Takes Center Stage for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

May 2, 2016 – National Mental Health Week Brings Important Attention to Mental Health Issues in Canada

April 7, 2016 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Announces the 2016 Champions of Mental Health

March 22, 2016 – Career Developers Praise Budget’s Thorough Measures to Address Pressing Issue of Labour Market Connections

March 21, 2016 – Racism and Mental Health Intricately Linked

February 1, 2016 – CCPA Celebrates Third Annual Canadian School Counselling Week

January 22, 2016 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Welcomes Nominations for the 2016 Champions of Mental Health Awards

2015

December 7, 2015 – CCPA Recognizes Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 3rd, 2015 – Counsellors and Psychotherapists Acknowledge International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 16tn, 2015 – National Addictions Awareness Week Shines Light on Those Struggling with Overcoming Addiction Obstacles

November 2nd, 2015 – ‘Decent Work, Healthy Lives’: Canada Career Week Launches Nationwide

October 5th, 2015 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Proudly Participates in Mental Illness Awareness Week

September 22nd, 2015 – CCPA Supports Health Action Lobby’s Call to Action on Health Care – The Canadian Way

September 10th, 2015 – “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives” – CCPA Acknowledges World Suicide Prevention Day

September 4th, 2015 – Parties Need to Take Action on Youth Un- and Underemployment

August 4th, 2015 – Pan-Canadian Survey Raises Warning Signs on Mental Health Services

June 29, 2015 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Proudly Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 19, 2015 – Celebrate National Aboriginal Day Sunday, June 21st

June 3, 2015 – CMHA releases poll results of Canadians calling for increased funding for mental health

May 25, 2015 – Counsellors and Psychotherapists Acknowledge National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day

May 6, 2015 – Career Challenge Reveals Canadians Need and Want Support Finding Career Satisfaction

May 4, 2015 – Join Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Celebrating Mental Health Week

April 22, 2015 – CAMIMH Opens Nominations for 13th Annual Faces of Mental Illness Campaign

April 8, 2015 – Join Us in Celebrating 50 Years at CCPA’s 2015 Annual Conference

April 2, 2015 – CCPA Applauds Ontario Government on New College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

March 30, 2015 – CAMIMH Proudly Annunces the 2015 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients

March 16, 2015 – Building Awareness to Better Your Brain

February 2, 2015 – Canadian School Counselling Week

2014

December 8, 2014 – Raising Awareness for Violence Against Women

December 3, 2014 – CCPA Recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 2, 2014 – Canada Needs Federal Leadership to Accelerate Health Innovation and Improve System Performance

November 17, 2014 – Stand Up! (to Bullying)

November 4, 2014 – Want to Launch Your Career to the Next Level? Try the Career Development Challenge!

November 3, 2014 – Canada Career Week Launches Nationwide

October 10, 2014 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Proudly Acknowledges World Mental Health Day

October 6, 2014 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week

September 10, 2014 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Acknowledges World Suicide Prevention Day

September 9, 2014 – Raising Awareness for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – CCPA Acknowledges 15th Annual Awareness Day

July 22, 2014 – CCPA Honours Past-President and Stonewall Resident with Two Prestigious Awards

July 22, 2014 – CCPA Honours Ottawa University Professor With Counselling Book Award

July 22, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Honour Calgary Master’s Student With Marsh Bursary Award

July 22, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Honour Laval Graduate With Master’s Thesis Award

July 22, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Honour Halifax School Counsellor With Leadership Award

July 9, 2014 – The Faces of Mental Illness Know, it’s Time for ACT!ON Mental Health for 2014

July 2, 2014 – CAMIMH Welcomes Clara Hughes to Ottawa Upon Completing Clara’s Big Ride

June 27, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Proudly Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 23, 2014 – Landmark research shows Housing First approach proves effective in Winnipeg

June 20, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 9, 2014 – CCPA Would Like to Thank and Pay Tribute to Uniformed Police Officers Across the Country

May 23, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Acknowledge National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness

May 22, 2014 – Nominations for the Faces of Mental Illness Campaign are NOW OPEN!

May 22, 2014 – Complexity and impact of RN role powerfully illustrated in national awareness campaign

May 22, 2014 – Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair Awarded Professional Champion Award by CCPA

May 5, 2014 – Canada’s Counsellors and Psychotherapists Proudly Celebrate Mental Health Week

April 30, 2014 – CAMIMH Seeks Nominations for the 12th Annual Faces of Mental Illness Campaign

April 7, 2014 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Celebrates World Health Day

April 2, 2014 – CAMIMH Proudly Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients

March 31, 2014 – END OF 2004 HEALTH ACCORD; FEDERAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED

March 10, 2014 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Acknowledges Brain Awareness Week

March 5, 2014 – Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll

February 18, 2014 – Budget 2014 – Mental Health Missing In Action

February 7, 2014 – CAMIMH Proud to Support and be Recognized as Official Sponsor of Defeat Depression

January 28, 2014 – CCPA is Proud to Announce the Inaugural Launch of Canadian School Counselling Week

January 23, 2014 – CAMIMH Seeks Nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards

2013

December 9, 2013 – CAMIMH Calls for Canadians to Contribute to a Responsible Discussion on Suicide

December 6, 2013 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 3, 2013 – CCPA Proudly Acknowledges International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 18, 2013 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Acknowledges Bullying Awareness Week

November 4, 2013 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Celebrates Canada Career Week

October 31, 2013 – Mental Illness Awareness Week photos

October 16, 2013 – Indigenous youth get help to achieve their career potential

October 10, 2013 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Proudly Acknowledges World Mental Health Day

October 8, 2013 – From Awareness to Action: Moving Forward for Mental Health

October 8, 2013 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Celebrates Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 2, 2013 – Vancouver Sun – B.C. First Nations take over their own health care services

September 17, 2013 – BC News: Reconciliation Week Proclaimed in British Columbia NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release 2013

September 10, 2013 – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Acknowledges World Suicide Prevention Day

September 9, 2013 – CCPA Acknowledges International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

August 16, 2013 – CCPA Applauds Government of Nova Scotia’s Commitment to Improve Youth Mental Health Services

July 22, 2013 – Congratulations to CCC/CCPA member Dr. Rod McCormick

July 12, 2013 – Statement by CCPA on Recent Tragic Events Recent Tragic Events in Canada

June 21, 2013 – National Aboriginal Day

April 25, 2013 – Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk

February 28, 2013 – The counselling and psychotherapy profession in Canada: regulatory processes and current status

February 27, 2013 – Shire Canada inc. lance un programme visant à soutenir les adultes canadiens diagnostiqué d’un TDAH

January 18, 2013 – Canada’s First Ever Voluntary Workplace Mental Health Standard