How to Become a Psychologist in Canada

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For Psychologists, over the period 2022-2031, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 18,800 , while 18,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.
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As mental health becomes less stigmatized in Canada, the need for healthcare providers such as Psychologists to help address mental health challenges has become more pronounced. According to findings from the 2022 Mental Health and Access to Care Survey, there were more than five million people in Canada who experienced significant symptoms of mental illness, exacerbated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Psychologists play a significant role in addressing mental health challenges, and the demand for their services has been steadily increasing.

A recent survey from the Canadian Psychological Association showed that the majority of Canadians perceive Psychologists as being effective in helping with specific mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Yet the Government of Canada’s Job Bank shows a current shortage of Psychologists to fill the 18,800 new job openings expected between 2022-2031.

Pursuing a career in psychology requires extensive education and training, plus a genuine passion for understanding the human brain. But it’s also extremely rewarding, as it enables you to help clients overcome mental health challenges and ultimately live happier and healthier lives.

In this Career Guide, we look at the training and career options for Psychologists, as well as the skills and attributes that are essential to navigate the complexities of mental health care in Canada.