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February 2021: Help Create Accessible Communities in Saskatchewan

Released on February 4, 2021

The Government of Saskatchewan is askng the public to help create new accessibility legislation for the province and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Ministry of Social Services has launched an online engagement platform the public can find at www.saskatchewan.ca/accessiblesk to have their voices heard during this process.  Online, they can find surveys, register for and attend an online discussion forum, access a discussion guide to fill in, share comments and ask questions.  The first phase of engagement will run from February 4 to March 31, 2021.

The initial step in creating this legislation is developing an act, or written law that makes up the foundation of the legislation.  This is what the first phase of engagement will focus on. After the act has been passed, government will continue to engage the public to develop regulations under the act.

“It is important for our province to be accessible and inclusive so people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate and contribute to our communities,” Social Services Minister Lori Carr said.  “I encourage Saskatchewan residents to take part in the numerous opportunities available to engage in the development of this legislation.”

Almost a quarter of Saskatchewan people 15 years of age and older have a disability, and the number of people with disabilities in Saskatchewan increases every year.  People with disabilities can face barriers to full access and participation in Saskatchewan communities.

The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy is the framework for improving the lives of people with disabilities in Saskatchewan.  The strategy, which was released in June 2015, sets the vision of a Saskatchewan that is welcoming, responsive, innovative and accessible so people with disabilities can live the life they choose.  Accessibility legislation is one of the recommendations of the Disability Strategy.

More information on the development of accessibility legislation and how to get involved can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/accessiblesk.

January 2020: Use of Doctor Title

Over the years, concerns have been brought to the SASLPA’s attention regarding the potential confusion that may arise for patients/clients if SASLPA registrants use the title “Doctor” inappropriately.  Based on these concerns as well as the Medical Profession Act, 1981, an advisory has been prepared regarding how registrants may use the title “Doctor”.  This advisory has been vetted by SASLPA’s legal counsel and by the SASLPA Council. 

 Please be aware that, in order to allow SASLPA registrants to use the title “Doctor”, SASLPA is making efforts to amend the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Act as follows:

 New section 22.1

Use of title “Doctor”

22.01 (1) A member may use the title “Doctor” but only in conjunction with the words speech-language pathology or speech-language pathologist, audiology or audiologist to indicate clearly that the member is not a physician or podiatric surgeon within the meaning of The Medical Profession Act, 1981.

(2) Clause 80(1)(c) of The Medical Profession Act, 1981 does not apply to a member who uses the title “Doctor” in accordance with subsection (1).

Any changes to the Act require multiple written requests to the Ministry of Health.  SASLPA has been advised that it could still be many years before we are able to make changes to our Act.

Use of Doctor Title Advisory

August, 2019: New NIHB Policy That May Impact Speech-Language Pathologists

The NIHB Program provides clients (registered First Nations and recognized Inuit) with coverage for a range of health benefits including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, dental and vision care, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counselling, and transportation to access health services not available locally.  Information about the NIHB program can be found at www.canada.ca/NIHB.

The NIHB Program is pleased to announce that, effective September 1, 2019, a recommendation or an assessment report from an SLP will be accepted for the coverage of voice prostheses (both indwelling and non-indwelling) and accessories; voice amplifiers; speaking valves; electrolarynx; and a select group of laryngectomy products.

In addition to the assessment report, SLPs are asked to ensure that the following information is provided when recommending MS&E items:

  • The client’s full name and surname, and date of birth;
  • The item being recommended, including applicable details such as make/model, size, quantity, and frequency;
  • Date of the recommendation;
  • The SLP printed name, professional designation and title, and hand-written signature;
  • The SLP provincial licence number.  If there is no provincial regulatory body in the province/territory, the SLP  should provide their membership number with another provincial college or with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC);
  • The SLP Business coordinates including phone number and email address;
  • Additional information that is specific to the benefit recommended, as per the Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits;
  • The SLP recommendation should be dated and signed within the past 6 months.

Please refer to the attached Questions and Answers document for more information on this policy.  A list of items that SLPs can recommend can be found on the Government of Canada Website on the Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefit Lists.  Information concerning the medical supplies and equipment policies can be found on the Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits.

FAQ English SLPs
FAQ French SLPs

Inquiries to the NIHB Program can be sent by email to NIHB-SSNA@hc-sc.gc.ca.

July, 2018:

Did You Know That Audiologists…

  • Must have completed 6-8 years of university level course work and practicum, leading to a Master’s degree or Doctor of Audiology degree in order be registered with SASLPA and to practice in Saskatchewan;
  • Receive extensive training in counseling and (re)habilitation;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage individuals of any age (newborns to adults);
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage hearing disorders involving both peripheral and central pathways of hearing;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage hyperacusis (an exaggerated response to certain sounds), and tinnitus (the perception of sound, such as ringing, buzzing, or hissing, in the ears);
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage Auditory Processing Disorders;
  • Assess, identify, diagnose, and manage balance disorders
  • Provide services to individuals with implantable hearing devices such as cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing devices; 
  • Along with physicians and nurse practitioners, fill out and sign applications to receive the disability tax credit for hearing loss; and
  • are the only hearing professionals that some third parties will reimburse hearing services for?

Please see https://www.sac-oac.ca/sites/default/files/resources/scope_of_practice_audiology_en.pdf for more information about audiologists.

May, 2018: CAASPR Introduces National Entry-to-Practice Examinations

     It is with great pride and excitement that the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) announces an agreement with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) to develop and administer entry-to-practice examinations for the registered professions of audiology (AUD) and speech-language pathology (SLP) in Canada.

     These professions will now join the ranks of other regulated health care professions in Canada that require successful completion of a national entry-to-practice examination as a necessary, non-exemptible condition of licensure. The examinations, with an anticipated first administration in the fall of 2020, will be based on essential competency profiles recently adopted by the CAASPR Board of Directors.

To see the full document in English, please click here, for French, please click here

April, 2018: CAASPR Approves National Competencies

The Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) is proud to announce that the National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles, in both official languages, were approved by the CAASPR Board at their meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on April 29, 2018.

Purpose of the National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles

The National Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Competency Profiles are a key component of CAASPR’s Centralization and Capacity Building Project, a project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The goal of this ambitious project is to harmonize the registration processes of audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the regulated jurisdictions in Canada to provide standardized outcomes, enhanced public safety, and improved labour mobility. Each competency profile includes a preamble to the profession as well as a set of essential competencies and their related sub-competencies. Together, the components of the competency profiles detail the professional competencies required of each clinician upon entry-to-practice in Canada, with the goal of safe and effective practice.

August, 2017: Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists are Regulated in Saskatchewan

Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists are regulated in Saskatchewan (The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Act, 1992).

The Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists’ (SASLPA) goal is to “license, regulate and guide the practice of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in the interest of the public”.

Regulating in the public interest means making sure that all Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists work with the public in a safe and ethical way. SASLPA does this by:

  1. Setting rules for who can have a licence to work as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.  For example, members must have at least a Master’s degree in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology;
  2. Setting rules and guidelines for the members to follow.  For example:
    1. Code of Ethics;
    2. Rules of professional conduct;
    3. Standards of practice; and
    4. Continuing competency rules.
  3. Keeping a list with the names and work information of members.  The public can ask to see this list.
  4. Looking into complaints about members.
  5. Carrying out discipline when members do not follow the rules for ethical and safe practice.

June, 2017: AIT Replaced

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) entered into effect on July 1, 2017, replacing the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The CFTA incorporates all AIT elements requiring that workers in regulated occupations be able to work anywhere in Canada without having to undergo significant additional training, experience, examinations or assessment. For more information, including a news release, backgrounder, and technical briefing deck, please see the CFTA Announcement. If you have any questions regarding the labour mobility provisions under the CFTA contact your Labour Mobility Coordinator. In the near future, we will be updating documents on this website to reflect the CFTA.

Excerpt from the “Labour Mobility Coordinating Group” website, workersmobility.ca. More information regarding the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) can be found here.

November, 2016: Mission, Vision, Values Poster

The SASLPA Mission, Vision, and Values poster was developed to increase and improve communication with the public and can be posted in any public area. The poster is available here.

September 2015: What’s the Difference Between a College and an Association?

For the full document outlining the differences, click here.