The annual conference, which is due to be hosted by the CPA Canada Region in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was due to be held in August 2021 later this year. The decision to postpone the CPA annual conference was the result of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the quarantine restrictions in place between different countries.
The request to postpone the 65th CPC followed a meeting of the CPA Canada Regional Council who stated that the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine progress across the Commonwealth meant that planning for such an event was very difficult this year.
The largest annual gathering of Commonwealth Parliamentarians, the annual flagship event brings together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for a unique conference and networking opportunity. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.
During the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 38th CPA Small Branches Conference; 65th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SoCATT) meetings. The CPA Executive Committee also agreed that the postponement of the 65th CPC to 2022 would allow for the hosting of the 7th triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP).
The forthcoming annual conference in 2022 will also hold elections for the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee; the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians; the Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches; the CPA Vice-Chairperson; and the CPA Treasurer for new terms of office.
A virtual CPA Executive Committee meeting will be held in September 2021.