SAC is a member-driven organization that supports, promotes and elevates the professions of our members. Our members are why we exist. When you're an SAC member, you can focus on your work knowing that we are there supporting and advocating for you, every day.
Your National Voice
With more than 6,200 members across the county, our numbers do the talking. As the only national organization passionately supporting and representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants inclusively, we are able to advocate effectively and fiercely for you, bringing a stronger voice to negotiations, advocacy and policy discussions.
Our national mandate means that our efforts to raise the profile of your profession are heard across the country. We bring the voices of our members and associates to Parliament Hill, speaking out on pertinent communication health issues.
SAC in Action
SAC in Action is our quarterly update on our advocacy activities. In this publication, you'll find photos and information about our meetings on The Hill, updates on our other advocacy work - off The Hill - and information on our press conferences and other media activities.
Recent advocacy initiatives include*:
- Speech and Hearing Month Advocacy on Parliament Hill (2017)
- Don’t Tax My Health Benefits (2017)
- Demand a Plan (2017)
- Advocating for a National Seniors Strategy at Meetings With MPs (2016)
- Progress Report on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (2016)
- Vote Communication Health (2015)
To further amplify the voice of the professions, SAC is an active member of a number of advocacy groups and works collaboratively with other health care organizations to impact federal policy. These groups include:
- Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
- Extended Healthcare Professions Coalition (EHPC)
- Mental Health Table for Regulated Health Professionals (MHT)
- Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21)
- Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force
- International Communication Project
Past Advocacy Initiatives
Please note that a few of these initiatives were published before our name change, when SAC was called the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).
- Report Card on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (2014)
- Pre-Budget Submission (2014)
- 2012 Pre-Budget Submission
- Federal Budget 2012: Letter to the Editor
- Premiers' Meeting
- Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science & Technology
- Federal Election Tool Kit (2011)
- SAC Brief for National Strategy for Early Literacy Initiative
- SAC Presentation to Senate Committee on Autism
- Noisy Toys Report
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions on the initiatives we undertake on your behalf, we would love to hear from you.
Please remember: SAC's mandate is national; so, if you have suggestions related to provincial- or territorial-level initiatives, we recommend that you contact your provincial or territorial association first.