Application Deadline: May 16, 2021

Expected Start Date: TBD

Reports to: Director, Policy and Research

Supports: CPA National and Components (Divisions, Assemblies, and Branches)

Location: 955 Green Valley Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K2C 3V4


Reporting to the Director, Policy and Research, the Analyst plays a critical role in supporting the organization’s work and efforts to enhance the understanding and contributions of physiotherapy in the Canadian healthcare system. The Analyst will be responsible for supporting National Office leadership in developing CPA’s annual policy and advocacy agenda. The incumbent will serve as a leader, partner, and trusted voice in physiotherapy and healthcare policy discussions with internal and external stakeholders. In collaboration with the Policy and Research Team, the Analyst will provide knowledge, skills and resources in the design and development of research projects, reporting and initiatives to advance CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda.


  • Supporting and informing the CPA’s advocacy, policy and research efforts and initiatives.
  • Ensure the CPA stays abreast of key policy and advocacy changes and relevant external issues that could impact on the CPA / physiotherapy in Canada.
  • Supporting the development of the CPA’s annual policy agenda, including identifying new and innovative policy ideas and reforms that are aligned with the CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda.
  • Collaborating and supporting research projects needed to advance CPA’s policy and advocacy agenda with a relentless commitment to excellence, including but not limited to:
    • Policy statements and other key healthcare reports 
    • Major research initiatives aligned with the CPA’s policy, research, and advocacy needs.
    • Analysis of relevant healthcare policy initiatives from the various levels of government and the insurance industry.
  • Proactively working with Marketing / Communications and Advocacy in telling the story of physiotherapy / the CPA.
  • Monitors trends, conducts literature reviews and environmental scans, consults with technical experts, completes systematic analysis of data and information, and synthesizes multiple perspectives on policy issues that impact the profession and the wider health care system.
  • Prepares options and recommendations on policy issues and trends by writing decision documents and preparing summative reports, presentations, speaking notes and correspondence.
  • Working proactively with the CPA’s Advocacy, Policy and Research and Leadership Teams to identify opportunities for collaboration and to ensure policy and research efforts complement other work across the organization (national marketing campaigns, division engagement, etc); and
  • Support the Leadership Team and Director, Policy and Research through policy research and developing advocacy materials, including drafting, and providing content for briefing notes, written and oral presentations for government and insurance industry decision-makers
  • Other duties as required by the Director, Policy and Research

Advocacy and Knowledge Translation

  • Fortifying the organization’s Policy, Advocacy and Research team and the work driven by the CPA’s members by enabling the strategic direction set by the CPA, contributing to and leading key projects, and fostering a collaborative team relationship.
  • Engaging and working with external consultants as needed to support on CPA’s policy and research projects.
  • Building and sustaining a robust network of national policy experts who advise and inform CPA’s work.
  • Leading organizational efforts to help develop and ensure that all communications, advocacy, and policy work is grounded in sound research and data (Op-Eds, letters to the editor, media statements, talking points for the media, committee / conference presentations, etc).

Policy and Communication:

  • Supporting and maintaining strong relationships with policy leads at all levels of government / insurance industry.
  • Providing thought leadership on physiotherapy / healthcare policy issues and priorities affecting physiotherapy in partnership with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current provincial and federal legislation, policy, and research and being able to proactively identify policy and advocacy opportunities that the CPA might capitalize on to build the position of physiotherapy in the healthcare system. 
  • Attends committee and project meetings, and provides analytical summation of committee and project reports, meeting summaries/minutes, and activities.
  • Drafts and provides support for drafting responses to advocacy, policy, and research related member questions.
  • Makes independent decisions on routine matters and develops solutions to non-routine matters that involve elements of uncertainty; knows when to consult colleagues, the Director, Senior Director, for direction.

Essential Skills

  • Minimum three to five (3-5) years professional experience in the field of policy, not-for-profit or association management
  • Masters level or equivalent studies in areas such as public health policy, public and or health administration, or healthcare policy.
  • Background, experience, and familiarity with the profession of physiotherapy or physiotherapy practice or research would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in policy writing with an in-depth understanding of Canadian health policy or related policy roles within the provincial and federal levels
  • Aptitude to grasp and synthesize a broad range of concepts/issues, superior analytical skills.
  • Highly organized with a very high level of attention to detail and the ability to manage daily workload, establish priorities and work independently.
  • Ability to work across various organizational departments, fostering efficiency, teamwork and leadership, superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in managing and building a network of relationships with stakeholders, including senior management, government departments, and other associations.
  • The ability to initiate and support complex policy and research projects
  • Ability to read, analyze, and synthesize healthcare data and research, and be adept at turning policy ideas into legislative and policy proposals.
  • A working ability in French will be considered an asset.

To Apply

Send an email with your resume and cover letter to Megan Labonte at no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on May 16, 2021.

The CPA thanks everyone for their interest, but will only respond to applicants selected for an interview.