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The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is diligent in its efforts to help physiotherapists make real and lasting contributions to the health of Canadians.
With the change in the landscape in 2020, our advocacy efforts have been redirected to ensure we're addressing the immediate needs of the physiotherapy profession in response to COVID-19. Please visit the COVID-19 Hub for more information on our latest advocacy efforts.
The federal budget was released on April 19, 2021 and it included investments and commitments that the CPA has been advocating for. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
2021: Setting a Course for Change
The CPA is committed to developing an action plan that supports sustainable change; policies, resources, and wise practices will be created and identified for the association to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (DEIA) in the work that we do as your national member Association.
How will we achieve this?
- The CPA has engaged the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) to navigate this work.
- A CPA advisory group will be struck in the early spring of 2021. The group will be populated with individuals who represent diverse lived experience and/or knowledge of physiotherapy and health care, and will inform and advise on the actions and products of the CPA.
The project will support the creation and diffusion of resources to enhance the CPA membership’s ability to respond to DEIA imperatives in physiotherapy organizations and all practice settings. This is the first step of many more to come and we remain invested in listening, learning, and understanding the change that needs to occur within the profession and to best support the diverse Canadian population that the CPA’s members serve.
Background: Recap of 2020 Activities
- In May 2020, the CPA’s Board of Directors committed to taking measurable steps over the next 18 months to respond to the health-related Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
- In June 2020, the CPA’s President released a statement committing to work to address racism, equity, and the TRC calls to action across the next 12 months.
- On November 15, the CPA provincial Branches and Division leaders and CPA staff participated in preliminary diversity and inclusion training.
- On November 21, during the CPA’s Virtual Summit, a D/E/I session was held with guests from the BBIPOC student coalition speaking to their experiences.
- In the December 2020 CPA President’s address, it was announced to members that the CPA:
- would be seeking an external director with experience in addressing inequity, racism, diversity, and reconciliation; and
- would strike an Advisory Committee/Working Group to begin the work related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, anti-racism, and improving equitable access to health care.
- There’s still time to participate in the CPA’s survey on physiotherapists and extended health benefits! Survey closes on February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- The CPA’s joint advocacy with the Ontario Physiotherapy Association resulted in the cancellation of the proposed removal of physiotherapy coverage for Seniors (65+) on the Manulife FollowMe plan.
- Help inform the CPA's insurance advocacy efforts by participating in the CPA's survey on physiotherapists and extended health benefits coverage.
- Independently and along with colleagues in the Organizations for Health Action, the CPA has been advocating for the federal government to increase investments in measures that will help meet the health and wellness needs of Canadians within their homes and communities, enabling them to age-in-place and remain healthy and independent for as long as possible. The latest mandate letters released by the Prime Minister to members of his cabinet include direction to both the Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors to "take action to help seniors age in place and stay in their homes longer." The CPA was pleased to see this updated direction and will continue to work with the federal government to advocate for increased investments in community and home-based care and measures to promote healthy and active aging.
- On November 30, 2020, the federal government released its Fall Economic Statement, which provided an update on the government's spending on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new spending over the next three years. The CPA was pleased to see several of our advocacy priorities reflected in the updated, including the expansion, extension, and replenishment of several federal financial COVID-19 supports.
- The Fall Economic Statement also included the commitment to eliminate the interest on the repayment of the federal portion of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans for 2021-2022. The CPA has been advocating for the government to both eliminate the interest and temporarily halt repayment of the federal portion of Canada Student Loans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Through the Organizations of Health Action, the CPA continued to advance our recommendations to support physiotherapy students and recent physiotherapy graduates and interns who have had clinical placements delayed due to public health closures, reduced capacities of clinics, delays of surgeries, and delays to challenge their clinical exam. We raised these issues with the office of the Minister of Health and will continue to provide details on these issues as we move forward.