Professional Organizations & Associations Medicine & Health

Professional organizations and associations are an excellent way to learn more about a career of interest, professional designations, and networking opportunities (e.g. memberships, conferences). For additional professional associations please visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) and search under the "Other Resources" tab.

Counselling & Mental Health

American Psychological Association: The largest association of psychologists worldwide, this association represents the field of psychology in the United States. This site provides information on psychological research topics, publications, tips for mental health, and career related information on the profession of psychology for both students and the public.

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation: offers a professional certification to addiction specific counsellors who work in Canada. This website provides information on educational requirements for certification with this association.

Canadian Association of Social Workers: provides information on the profession of social work in Canada. It is a useful website for students interested in learning about the education, training, and registration requirements necessary to become a social worker.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association: unites professional counsellors in Canada through conferences, access to journals, and continuing education courses. This website provides information about the educational and training requirements needed to be a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Canadian Mental Health Association:information on mental illness for the public as well as employment opportunities in Canada within the mental health field.

Canadian Psychological Association: dedicated to representing the field of psychology in Canada. It contains information related to psychological research and practice; as well as information for psychology students interested in pursuing a career in the field.

Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations : represents professionals dedicated to child and youth care in Canada. This website provides information on schools in Canada that offer programs in related areas.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario: responsible for determining which professionals in Ontario have completed the education and training necessary to practice as a psychologist or psychological associate. This website provides information regarding the profession of psychology and the necessary steps required to work as a clinician in this area.


Association of Local Public Health Agencies: This website provides information such as current job openings at Ontario's health units and descriptions of the various public health disciplines. It also includes links to training programs offered by the country's colleges and universities in health disciplines.

Community Health Nurses of Canada: In Ontario, being part of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) allows an individual to be a member of this association. This association provides a forum where nurses can discuss best practices in the profession, attend professional conferences, and stay up to date in the field.

Canadian Federation of Medical Students: This federation offers Canadian medical students the opportunity to communicate and remain up to date on current and relevant information, such as funding opportunities, self-care, and upcoming medical events.

Canadian Medical Association: This association provides leadership for practicing Physicians, information for students interested in accessing clinical resources online as well as training resources and advocacy for members.

Canadian Nurses Association: This association's mission is to unify and promote high standards of nursing practice in Canada. It contains useful information on how to become a Registered Nurse in Canada, as well as how to pursue other specialty nursing designations.

Canadian Nursing Students' Association: This association is dedicated to students studying in the nursing profession in Canada. This website provides information for students interested in becoming a Nurse in Canada as well as information for recent nursing graduates.

Canadian Psychiatric Association: This association promotes excellence in psychiatry in Canada. It contains helpful information for those students who may want to specialize their medical training in the area of psychiatry.

Canadian Public Health Association: a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. This website provides information for students on volunteering and internship opportunities.

Federation of Medical Women of Canada: This association serves to connect women physicians across Canada and is dedicated to the well-being of all women. This website provides information on women's health issues, as well as information on student representation.

Public Health Agency of Canada: the main government agency dedicated to public health in Canada. This agency works with all levels of Canadian government, as well as with non-governmental agencies to promote health among Canadians and also to avoid strain on the health care system in Canada.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: This website may be helpful for students who are planning to pursue a career in a medical specialty area and wish to learn more about accredited medical university programs and examinations in Canada.


Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine: may be helpful for students interested in focusing their career in sports medicine. It includes information on fellowships in the area of sports medicine and knowledge about the field.

Canadian Athletic Therapists Association: provides information on the field of athletic therapy; as well as how to become certified in the area.

Canadian Kinesiology Alliance: provides information on Kinesiology as a career path; as well as a link to provincial organizational groups and their requirements for certification.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association: provides information on the work that physiotherapists do; as well as a link to the college that registers physiotherapists in the province. The website also provides job listings related to this field.

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association: information for those who are interested in becoming certified in Therapeutic Recreation as well as information about upcoming workshops and conferences in the field.

Kinesiology Network: information on the different areas within the field of Kinesiology, as well as links to international associations in the field.

Ontario Kinesiology Association: In addition to providing information on how to become a certified Kinesiologist in Ontario, this website provides information on Kinesiology as a career path.

Sport Physiotherapy Canada: information for students interested in working specifically within the area of sports as it pertains to physiotherapy. This website may be helpful when used in collaboration with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association website.

Health Management & Administration

Canada's Health Informatics Association: provides information about professionals who work to advance healthcare through technology.

Canadian Health Information Management Association: information on those professionals who make a difference in advancing healthcare through information technology.

Please Note: Descriptions of many of these online resources are taken from language used on external websites. Claims and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Career Centre or York University.