Canada brought into force a new Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) in October of 2011. All not-for-profit corporations have until October of 2014 to transition to this new act – this transition requirement affects CPA which is a registered not-for-profit corporation. The transition process required that we replace the association’s letters patent with a Certificate and Articles of Continuance and create a set of by-laws that comply with the new Act.

The CPA Board and senior officers worked with our legal counsel to develop a set of by-laws that will meet the requirements of the new Act. The new by-laws were approved by the membership at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. You will note that the by-laws are more succinct than the old version. The content in the old by-laws will not be lost but will now form part of the Operating Regulations developed and approved by the CPA Board.

CPA By-Laws (PDF) - June, 2016



April 2018

NEW Notice of a Special Meeting of Members

CPA is calling a special meeting of members which will take place virtually by webinar at 1 pm EDT on April 25th, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is to present the membership with proposed changes to CPA’s by-laws. The proposed by-law changes concern the composition of CPA’s Board and were developed and approved by CPA’s Board in March 2018, following the recommendations made to CPA by a series of governance consultations undertaken since 2015. These recommendations are intended to help CPA best meet the needs of its membership and achieve best practice in governance.

We encourage all CPA members to listen to a videotaped message from CPA’s President, Dr. Patrick Baillie, in which he reviews the consultations, recommendations and the proposed by-law changes in detail. The videotaped message will be posted the week of April 9th and we will email you the link to the message once it is posted. Dr. Baillie will also provide this review at the virtual meeting on April 25th at which time there will be opportunity for members to ask questions or request clarification and, ultimately vote on the proposed changes.

At the meeting, the following special resolution will be put forward to approve the By-law amendments: BE IT RESOLVED that the proposed By-law amendments, as presented to the members, be approved. A special resolution needs to be approved by 2/3 of the membership present to vote. Quorum is defined as 25 members.

This is a very important opportunity for the membership to participate in a process that ensures best practice in governance for the association. Your understanding of the proposed changes, and your participation in the change process is very important. We encourage you to listen to Dr. Baillie’s videotaped message on the proposed changes once it is posted, to join the special meeting and exercise your vote on April 25th, 2018. Note that voting is open to all members of the CPA and must occur from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25th EDT.

Instructions on how to access the videotaped message from Dr. Baillie describing the proposed by-law changes, how to participate in the virtual meeting by webinar, and instructions to exercise your vote electronically, will be sent by separate email. Please note that the membership’s vote on the proposed by-law changes are necessary to the call for nominations to CPA’s Board which will be made promptly after the April 25th virtual meeting.

The proposed by-law amendments are posted at CPA By-Law Amendments April 2018.pdf.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, on the fourth day of April, 2018.

Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Psychological Association