About CPA Canada

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) was established by The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and The Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) on January 1, 2013 under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.   

CPA Canada has been established to support Canadian provincial accounting bodies that have unified, and all those that will unify, under the banner of Chartered Professional Accountant as part of the unification of the Canadian accounting profession.


To be the pre-eminent, internationally recognized Canadian accounting designation and business
credential that best protects and serves the public interest.


CICA and CMA Canada are the two Legacy Members of CPA Canada.  

On January 15, 2013 the Board of Directors of CPA Canada approved the applications of CPA Quebec and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) to become Organization Members of CPA Canada. The entry of CPA Quebec and ICAO and their members to CPA Canada brings the number of individual members in CPA Canada to more than 70,000.

Provincial bodies can apply to become members as they complete their processes to merge under the CPA banner.

Executive Team

President and CEO
Kevin Dancey, FCPA, FCA

Executive Vice-President
Joy Thomas, MBA, FCMA, C.Dir.

Additional information

December 4, 2013 - CPA Canada Board Chair Honoured

Toward a unified profession

Currently, accounting bodies representing over 80 percent of Canada’s professional accountants are committed to unification of the profession or have already merged under the CPA banner. Unification was achieved in Quebec in May 2012 and, in November 2012, all CAs in Ontario were issued the CPA designation.  Should all provincial organizations of Canada’s three legacy accounting designations unite, the membership of the combined profession would be more than 175,000 strong making it one of the largest in the world.

The CPA Certification Program

The creation of the new CPA certification program that will consistently produce CPAs of the highest caliber is a key priority for CPA Canada.  A CPA Competency Map released in October 2012 provides the basis for developing the CPA certification program, including evaluations, accreditation and practical experience requirements. It sets the standards for entry into the profession, describing the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels expected of the newly qualified CPA.  The new CPA professional education program will be available in western Canada in the fall of 2013, and across the rest of the country in the fall of 2014.


In January 2012, following eight months of member and stakeholder consultation, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), and Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada) issued A Framework for Uniting the Canadian Accounting Profession under a new Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.  

The national organizations circulated the framework and overview of CPA certification program to their members and the councils and boards of the provincial and territorial accounting organizations as a platform to review and consider unification and, as a means to engage members, governments, regulators and other important stakeholders.
As the Canadian accounting profession is provincially regulated, proposals to merge accounting organizations are being issued provincially, as decisions are made. More information on the unification process can be found at www.CPACanada.ca.

Chartered Professional Accountants/ Comptables professionnels agréés

Welcome to CPA Canada!

CPA Canada is the national organization established to support unification of the Canadian accounting profession under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. CPA Canada provides services to all CPA, CA, CMA and CGA accounting bodies that have unified or are committed to unification.

This legacy website is still available to Chartered Professional Accountants while we work on transferring the materials within this site into our new integrated website: cpacanada.ca

Bienvenue à CPA Canada!

CPA Canada est l’organisation nationale établie pour soutenir l'unification de la profession comptable canadienne sous la bannière du titre de comptable professionnel agréé (CPA). CPA Canada fournit des services à toutes les organisations comptables de CPA, de CA, de CMA et de CGA qui se sont déjà unifiées ou qui sont engagées dans le processus d’unification.

Ce site d’origine reste accessible pour les comptables professionnels agréés pendant que nous travaillons à en transférer le contenu vers notre nouveau site Web intégré : cpacanada.ca.