About the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)

Chartered Accountants (CAs) are Canada's most valued, internationally recognized profession of leaders in senior management, advisory, financial, tax and assurance roles. Through their integrity, expertise, and internationally recognized qualification standards, Canada's 83,000 CAs sustain their influence and leadership position both in Canada and globally.  As trusted business advisors to Canadian organizations of all sizes, Canada’s CAs foster confidence in Canadian business and contribute to the health and sustainability of Canada’s capital markets and economy.  The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) represents Canada’s CA profession both nationally and internationally.  The CICA is a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA).

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Incorporation and Governance

About the CICA

The CICA is a not-for-profit entity incorporated by a Special Act of the Canadian Parliament in 1902.

The CICA mandate is contained in the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Act, its act of incorporation, which was last amended in May 1990.

The CICA works in collaboration with the provincial institutes/Ordre to ensure that the profession is well positioned to respond to the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented in today’s marketplace.

It executes its strategy through:

  • supporting the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for business, not-for-profit organizations and government
  • developing and delivering pre- and post-qualification education programs
  • providing a range of member services and professional literature
  • research and development of intellectual property
  • issuing guidance on risk management and governance
  • fostering relationships with key stakeholders nationally and internationally


CICA’s activities are overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of 12 members, including the Chair and Vice Chair; two representatives from each of four geographic regions – Ontario, Québec, the Western region and the Eastern region; and two public directors who are not chartered accountants. 

Appointment of regional directors is the responsibility of the appointing regions. Appointments of the incoming Chair and Vice Chair, and the Public Directors are made by the Selection Council, whose members are the elected first officers of the institutes/Ordre; the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and two members appointed from the general membership by the CICA Board.

Committees of the Board

To assist it in its role, the Board has an Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, and Human Resources and Compensation Committee, comprised of members of the Board.

Responsibilities common to all institutes/Ordre

Responsibility for the functions that are common to all the institutes/Ordre and critical to the success of the Canadian CA profession are shared among the institutes/Ordre and the CICA.

2006 protocol

The current governance structure for the CA profession was formalized with the signing of the 2006 Protocol agreement by all of the institutes/Ordre that comprised the CA profession on May 23, 2006.

The Protocol assigned the role of management of the CA profession to the Council of Senior Executives (CSE) with oversight responsibility vesting in the CICA Board of Directors.

The common critical functions of strategic planning, protection of the public and ethics, communications, and education and qualification are managed by the CSE. Standard setting support is provided by the CICA.

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.