Advocacy Partners

With more than 6,400 members across the country, our numbers do the talking. But sometimes, when the issues are really big, it helps to join forces with like-minded organizations.

SAC belongs to several coalitions, which work to improve quality and access to health care in Canada. Below, you'll find a list of some of the groups we're affiliated with along with information about their mandates and membership. 

Pan-Canadian Alliance of Speech-Language and Audiology Professional Associations (PCA)

The Pan Canadian Alliance is a group of provincial and territorial speech-language pathology and audiology associations and the national association (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC)).

Health Action Lobby (HEAL)

HEAL is a coalition of national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health care system. It represents more than half a million providers and consumers of health care. HEAL was formed in 1991 out of concern over the erosion of the federal government's role in supporting a national health care system.

HEAL Guiding Principles for Health and Health Care 

  • Health and health care are valued by all Canadians.
  • Health is broader than the provision of health care, embracing health promotion, disease prevention and the underlying determinants of health in the context of healthy public policy and healthy communities.
  • Access to quality health care, irrespective of the individual’s ability to pay, is a basic Canadian value based on the principle of social justice.
  • Safeguarding the national health care system requires adherence to a common set of principles.
  • Finite resources are available to preserve and protect the health of Canadians and to fund the national health insurance system.

HEAL’s current priority is health human resources.

Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21)

Background

  • The Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) is a national network of non-profit organizations, professional associations, health charities and academic researchers who share the common goal to improve and sustain the health of Canadians.
  • The Coalition formed in May 2003 and now includes 37 member organizations

Mandate

  • The main goal of the CCPH21 is to advocate for public policy to ensure that adequate public health functions are in place and information is made available to protect and promote health, and prevent disease and injury.
  • The Coalition aims to help all stakeholders work together for the future of public health by generating ideas and potential policy directions for discussion among both the public and decision-makers.

Coalition Principles

  • Public health is a pan-Canadian responsibility requiring national leadership with a cooperative approach across sectors and jurisdictions.
  • The public health system focuses on population health and complements the health care system.
  • Communicable and non-communicable disease and injury are effectively addressed by public health approaches and must be considered together for a healthy population.
  • Public health activities can reduce pressures on the health care system.
  • Funding to public health is an essential and strategic investment for Canadians and the economy.
  • Canada requires immediate and sustained action and investment in public health in order to protect, promote, and preserve the health of all people living in Canada.

Achievements

  • CCPH21 Advocated for
    • The establishment and funding of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
    • The development of a National Immunization Strategy.
    • The establishment and funding of specialized schools of public health.
  • Prepared and distributed Public Health Fast Facts to create public awareness around important public health issues.
  • Prepared and submitted the Coalition’s opinion on federal investment in public health to the Standing Committee on Finance.
  • Prepared and distributed to all federal election candidates a background paper urging the federal government to adopt a sustainable vision of and support for public health.

Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNET)

Mandate

CHLNet is an unincorporated network of health organizations and individuals with a collective goal to identify, develop, support, and celebrate leaders across all health professions and over the lifecycle of leadership.

Extended Healthcare Professions Coalition (EHPC)

Background

The EHPC membership consists of organizations that represent the regulated health professions who make up Canada’s healthcare composite. We are a coalition of health providers allied to medicine and nursing that provide services within publicly and privately funded systems. We comprise over 100,000 of Canada’s regulated healthcare professionals. EHPC members come together because of a common interest in advancing public policy in support of the health and well-being of the people of Canada. The EHPC speaks with a singular voice to ensure that health services provided in the public and private sectors are fully recognized by stakeholders and decision makers in patient health and are accessible to the Canadian public. The work of the EHPC is advanced through collaboration with partners in health, social care, and education to support a position that recognizes health services; involves a continuum of promotion, prevention, and treatment; and takes place across all sectors where people live and work.

Mandate

The EHPC aims to:
• Be recognized as a strong credible voice on health and healthcare policy across Canada
• Engage with other stakeholders and decision-makers to influence health and social policy in Canada
• Be an essential partner for the achievement of government objectives for the health and social services sector
• Support member professions in influencing health policy and addressing member issues relevant to the science and practice of healthcare

Membership

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • Canadian Chiropractic Association
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Dieticians of Canada
  • Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Mental Health Table for Regulated Health Professionals (MHT)

Background

National attention to mental health and to inter-professional collaboration in the delivery of mental health care in Canada has heightened in recent years. Regulated health care providers recognize an ongoing need for a venue for them to share, network, and explore issues and perspectives relevant to advancing mental health promotion and front line[1] mental health care delivery in Canada. The recent launch of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2007 offers new opportunities to transform mental health care; a process in which front line service providers will have to play an important role. Regulated health care professionals are but one set of stakeholders in Canada’s mental health. Health professionals remain committed to partnerships with consumers, families, communities, institutions and government in the advancement of mental health and mental health care. Health professional associations’ participation in the MHT does not replace or preclude a member association from otherwise partnering, communicating or affiliating with any other stakeholder in mental health.

Mandate

The MHT has several related purposes:

  • Participate in the identification of problems common to health professional communities as they relate to the mental health of our patients. Use existing knowledge to recommend strategies to address common problems
  • Through consensus, undertake concerted action on key strategies to transform mental health care delivery
  • Exchange and share information among participating associations
  • Contribute to inter-professional knowledge bases on mental health promotion and collaborative mental health care delivery
  • Communicate the results and products of our deliberations and activities to members and other stakeholders and partners (e.g., consumers, families, communities, institutions and government)
  • Liaise with other stakeholders and partners in mental health (e.g., consumers and families, communities, institutions, government).
  • Respond collectively to and work collaboratively with the MHCC

Membership

  • Any regulated health care professional association involved in mental health.

Currently, the Mental Health Table consists of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Canadian Psychiatric Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada
  • Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

[1] Front line denotes mental health care provided directly to a patient but which is not necessarily or limited to primary care.