General inquiries about the submission process should be addressed to the CPSA Secretariat.


  1. Only web submissions will be considered.
  2. Receipt of Proposals
    • You will receive a notification acknowledging receipt of the submitted proposal.
    • If, after submitting your proposal, you have not had confirmation that it has been received, please check with the CPSA Secretariat.
  3. Criteria for Acceptance
    • The content of the proposal must demonstrate a clear question, analytical rigor, originality and a scholarly contribution. Proposals that do not will be rejected.
    • Section heads will group and assign presentations to sessions, considering the type of session desired by the presenters and the overall programme balance.
    • If a proposal details a study that would clearly be better presented as a poster, it will be considered for the poster session.
  4. Acceptance or Rejection of Proposals
    • Section heads will acknowledge acceptance or rejection of proposals in December 2018.
    • If you have not received an acceptance or rejection notification by Tuesday, January 2, 2019, please check with the CPSA Secretariat.
  5. Presentation at the Conference - Confirmation
    • Upon receiving the acceptance of your proposal, you will be required to confirm your intent to present it at the conference.
    • If you submitted a single paper proposal and received a poster acceptance for the same title, please note that sections heads have considered that your proposal would be better presented and publicized as a poster. Please acknowledge or reject acceptance of the poster offer.
  6. Inquiries about the submission process should be addressed to the CPSA Secretariat.


  1. Presenters must be prepared to attend the conference and to make their presentations in person.
  2. Presentations can be made in either English or French.
  3. Papers for the Conference – Deadline: Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • Papers should be SINGLE SPACED, not exceeding the CJPS manuscript submission word count of 8,000 and should not have been previously published.
    • They must be completed by Thursday, May 23, 2019 and e-mailed to the relevant section head and the other participants in the session.
    • E-mail addresses will be available in the on-line programme (click on the names in your session description to access their e-mail addresses).
    • If you would like your paper uploaded to your session description in the on-line programme, please also forward an electronic copy (pdf format) to the CPSA Secretariat.
    • Authors are reminded to include a note on their on-line paper indicating that their paper not be cited without permission from the author.
    • Failure to comply with the Thursday, May 23, 2019 deadline can result in the chairperson excluding the presentation from the session.
    • Further, the discussant will be under no obligation to comment on the paper if s/he is not given a reasonable amount of time to read it. Such an action would be a loss to all attending the session.
  4. Presenters may be considered as possible chairpersons or discussants for other sessions.
  5. CPSA Travel Grants - Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
    • The CPSA will provide travel grants to assist members to come to the annual meeting from distant places. These funds are intended to especially facilitate participation by junior members.
    • Please read the Travel Grant Policy [ download pdf ↓ ] before submitting your proposal to check your eligibility.
  6. CPSA Membership Fees
    • For accepted presentations by single authors or multiple authors, each author must be a member in good standing of the CPSA by Sunday, March 31, 2019, whether s/he is attending the conference or not, or see their name removed from the programme.
    • For more information and exemptions read the Membership Guidelines [ download pdf ↓ ].
    • The CPSA Secretariat will contact non-members regarding their membership status prior to the above deadline.
    • Chairpersons, discussants and roundtable participants are not required to be members but are warmly invited to join.

      2019 CPSA Membership Fees CPSA only Joint CPSA and SQSP
      • Students
      • Members earning under $50,000 annually (income level stated refers to gross annual income [before taxes])



       All other members



  7. Congress and CPSA Conference Registration Fees
    • The CPSA conference will be held during the 2019 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (Congress).
    • Each person attending the CPSA conference must register for both the Congress and the CPSA conference.
    • Paper, poster and graduate student three-minute thesis competition presenters attending the conference must register by the early registration deadline of Sunday, March 31, 2019, or see their name removed from the programme.

      2019 Congress Fees1

      Early-bird rate
      (prior to March 31)

      Regular rate
      (as of April 1)

      On site
      (as of May 31)

      Regular attendee




       Student, retired and unwaged




      1Goods and Services Tax (GST) included.

      2018 CPSA Conference Fees

      (Association no. 48)

      Delegates should expect the 2019 fees to be similar


      Unique Rate

      CPSA Member

      Student, retired and unwaged





      Student, retired, unwaged and regular


  8. Each conference participant is responsible for his/her travel arrangements. For more information, go to Plan Your Trip.


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Follow the instructions found HERE.

NEW PARTICIPANTS must Register to this site to submit a proposal.