One National Body For Canada’s Accounting Profession

It is an historic day for Canada’s accounting profession with more than 190,000 members now represented by a single national body – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) has joined CPA Canada, completing the integration of the country’s national accounting bodies. CPA Canada was established last year by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and The Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada).

“With integration, we are one of the largest national accounting bodies in the world,” says Kevin Dancey, president and CEO, CPA Canada. “A common vision with a strengthened voice gives Canada’s accounting profession greater influence both at home and abroad.”

In addition to greater influence, comes clarity. It is now easier for stakeholders to understand who represents the profession nationally and internationally.

“CPA Canada clearly will be viewed as a strong voice for advancing sound public policy both domestically and for our country on the global stage,” says Dancey.

Integration of the national bodies is the latest milestone achieved as Canada’s accounting profession continues its transition to the new Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Timing for use of the CPA designation will vary across the country because the profession is provincially regulated. In some provinces, legislation has passed and in others it is progressing.

“This is an exciting transition period for Canada’s accounting profession,” says Pat Keller, chair of CGA-Canada. “There is still work to be completed at the provincial level and it is important that all stakeholders recognize the Canadian CPA as Canada’s pre-eminent business and accounting designation.”