SAC History

SAC was launched as a professional association in 1964 under the name Canadian Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA).

"With clear vison and well-defined objectives, we can give stature to the professions in this country."
- Isabel Richard, Founding President

2014 was Speech-Language & Audiology Canada's 50th Birthday!

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Documents Related to SAC's History

Please note that many of these documents were created when SAC was called the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).


1966 Constitution is approved
1967 First bylaws become effective
1969 First demographic study of Speech and Hearing Services in Canada is undertaken
1971 First four CSHA committees: admissions, elections, advisory, and charter are established
1973 Provincial representation introduced on national council. Publication of the first issue of the Journal of Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology
1975 CSHA was incorporated under federal law
1976 First Annual Conference held in Halifax featuring launch of the Association's Awards Program. Publication of the first issue of Communiqué
1977 The Federal Government designated the CSHA as the contact agency for all information relating to speech and hearing
1982 Enactment of the Association's Canon of Ethics. CHSA participated in two major federal department of health and welfare task force reports. Clinical Guidelines in Speech-Language Pathology and Guidelines for the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
1984 Establishment of a permanent head office and staff
1985 CSHA officially renamed the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
1985/87 Institution of a National Professional Standards Program including a national certification exam, continuing education program and site accreditation.
1989 CASLPA completed its first comprehensive demographic study
1990 Association's Mission Statement formalized
1995 Membership categories are expanded to include corporate and affiliated members
1998 First Joint Provincial Membership Agreement signed. Introduction of certification reciprocity with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
2004 International Mutual Recognition Agreement with Speech Pathology Australia, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and ASHA.
2006 Formation of the Pan-Canadian Alliance of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
2014 CASLPA officially renamed Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)