What do CAs do?

Chartered Accountants, or CAs, are business professionals who generally work in four key areas.  About 40 percent of CAs are in public practice, while the other 60 percent are employed in industry, government, or education.

Public practice

CAs who work in public practice provide accounting and business advice to clients in areas such as small business tax, audit, information technology, personal financial planning, business valuation, receivership, insolvency and forensic investigation.


CAs who work in industry develop financial and administrative policies, analyze information, and provide strategic leadership.  CAs add value to organizations as CEO/President,Treasurer/V.P. Finance, Controller, or Systems Developer.


All levels of government require accounting expertise to guide financial planning and to maintain fiscal control.  Federal and provincial departments, Crown corporations and a variety of health-care and welfare organizations employ CAs as tax auditors, policy planners and financial analysts.


Many CAs are educators who make a valuable contribution to society by teaching future leaders about business, values and ethics. Many of Canada's top educators are CAs.

CAs provide a wide range of services including:

  • start-up counseling
  • purchase and sale of business
  • business valuations
  • business planning and financial projections
  • developing strategies for securing financing
  • corporate and personal income tax planning
  • information technology need analysis
  • assurance (audits and reviews)
  • preparation and analysis of financial information
  • acting as trustee for receivership, insolvency or bankruptcy
  • developing management controls
  • management consulting
  • forensic accounting and litigation support

Looking for a CA firm? Visit our CA Firm Directory.

Looking to hire a CA? Visit CA Source, our Web-based recruiting tool for companies looking to recruit CAs.

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.