Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

In June 2010, members brought forward concerns regarding the classification of Psychology in the Canada Foundation for Innovation Codes. At present, specific areas of psychology are not included as codes; further, Psychology itself was not coded as a discipline at all (with the exception of one code: Animal Psychology); psychology was classified as a sub-discipline of “Behavioural Science”. In the absence of a code for Psychology, applicants have to declare themselves as working in behavioural science, mental health or some other generic descriptor.  Other behavioural/social sciences (e.g., science, political science, geography, sociology) were all listed as disciplines.

CPA has been informed that the CFI codes fall under the purview of CIHR and the CommonCV (CCV). According, CPA has pursued this matter with both CFI and CIHR to see if Psychology can be re-classified as a discipline, with its various specialty areas classified as sub-disciplines. To date, the change that CIHR has made is to re-label “Behavioural Sciences” to “Behavioural Sciences and Human Psychology”.

CPA has also been informed that this current classification will be changed in the new CCV application coming up early next year.  This classification can be reviewed at:

CPA will continue to liaise with the staff at the CFI and the CCV as necessary to ensure psychology is appropriately represented.

CPA Response to Government Decision to Eliminate Mandatory Aspect of the Long Version of the Census

The CPA is concerned about the decision to eliminate the mandatory long version of the Canadian Census.  These concerns are shared with a number of national organizations.  CPA has written a letter to Minister Tony Clement outlining our concerns and requesting that they reconsider their decision. Click here to view the letter.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Community at the Forefront of Canada’s Digital Transformation

Investing in talent, access and research critical to success in the digital society, argues the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

July 9, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Federal government’s national consultation on the digital economy, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) is offering pragmatic suggestions on how Canada can best nurture the development of its digital economy for the benefit of all Canadians.

“A significant number of Canadian scholars, notably humanists and social scientists, are actively engaged in supporting artists, citizens, businesses and the public sector to take advantage of digital opportunities,” stated Noreen Golfman, president of the CFHSS. “Exciting work is happening from Newfoundland to British Columbia but much more needs to be done to become a digital society”.

CFHSS believes that improving access to knowledge, by developing digital skills, expanding infrastructure, creating digital repositories and eliminating Crown copyright, is key to fostering growth and for Canada to become one of the world’s first fully digital societies.

The proposed roadmap to a digital society is available in the Federation’s submission to the Digital Economy Consultation.

CIHR Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research

The purpose of the CIHR Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is to translate research findings into improved health outcomes.  CIHR has developed a discussion paper that outlines the patient-oriented research strategy and is conducting a national consultation to seek feedback on the proposed country-wide strategy.

CIHR invites the population and public health research, policy and practice community to review the Executive Summary and the SPOR Discussion Paper.  Though the electronic survey is now closed, CIHR still welcomes comments in written form which can be sent to

Health Innovation Award: What’s working in Canadian health care?

2010 Health Innovation Award challenges students to make their case for a best practice in Canadian health care

TORONTO (August 31, 2010) — The Health Council of Canada is launching its 2010 Health Innovation Award to highlight best practices in Canadian health care. Designed to encourage Canadian university and college students to contribute to the improvement and innovation of Canada’s health care system, the Health Innovation award asks students to bring to light exemplary models in the area of health care delivery.

“This contest will inform us about what is working for both health care providers and Canadians,” said John G. Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada and member of the judging panel. “We are reaching out to the future innovators in Canadian health care, and presenting them with an opportunity to help shape and inform health care in Canada.”

The winners in the individual and team categories will receive $1,000 and attendance at a council meeting – where they will have the opportunity to meet thought leaders within Canada’s health care system. Winners will also have their entries featured on the Health Council of Canada website, Facebook page, and in the Council’s e-newsletter, Taking the Pulse. In addition, there is a second prize of $500 for both individual and team categories, and includes all other benefits of the first prize.

Following its successful inaugural year in 2009, this year, the Health Council has also added the Student Ambassador Prize, which is given to the ambassador who inspires the most entries from students at his or her school. The winner will receive travel and accommodation to the awards ceremony at the Health Council’s meeting in May, 2011.

The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2010. To register as a contestant or ambassador, or for more information about the contest, visit

About the Health Council of Canada

Created by the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, the Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency that reports on the progress of health care renewal in Canada. The Council provides a system-wide perspective on health care reform in Canada, and disseminates information on best practices and innovation in health service delivery across the country. The Councillors are appointed by the participating provincial and territorial governments and the Government of Canada. To download reports and other Health Council materials, visit

Quebec Invests $1.16 Billion in Implementing its Research and Innovation Strategy

Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) hails tangible support for health research: Strategy Summary and Press Release 

Responses to 2010 Federal Budget

CPA Response: Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

Responses by Other Research and Health Organizations

Sixth Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

“A Prosperous and Sustainable Future for Canada: Needed Federal Actions” (tabled in December 2009)

Science in Canada

Science in Canada: Call for a Bigger Vision

Join the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) 

Dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge about psychotherapy and behavioral change, SPR brings together researchers, clinicians, and students from a variety of theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, integrative/eclectic, interpersonal, psychodynamic, systemic) and professional backgrounds (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, social work). 

To register or for more information, click here. (For information in French, click here).