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.

Our integrated CPA Canada website is currently in development and will launch in fall 2014. Until that time, all our existing resources, services and information are available through the CICA, CMA Canada and CGA-Canada legacy websites, or through newly developed microsites designed to provide specific CPA content.

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.

Le nouveau site de CPA Canada est actuellement en développement et sera mis en ligne à l’automne 2014. Entre-temps, toutes nos ressources et tous nos services sont accessibles sur les sites d’origine de l’ICCA, de CMA Canada et de CGA-Canada, ou sur des microsites nouvellement créés afin de donner accès à du contenu spécifiquement CPA.