Supporting CA academics


The CA profession is responsible for training, certifying and ensuring the continuing competency of our members in a sophisticated and rapidly changing field that demands significant intellectual ability and professional competence. We also set and evaluate a world-recognized professional examination – the UFE. We work closely with Canadian universities, run our own graduate-level professional education programs, and work closely with accounting bodies around the world in pursuit of our goal of excellence in education.

The CICA supports the accounting academic community in both teaching and research.

Teaching supports

Teaching supports to help academics prepare students for the CA program include:

Pillars of Accounting Education

Support for academic research

The CICA is the sole distinguished partner of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA), providing significant funding for publications, activities and conferences.  We also sponsor the Contemporary Accounting Research conference.

The CICA’s Research Grant program is administered by the CAAA.   This annual program offers two grants of up to $10,000 each, subjects specified each year in our Call for Proposal.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. 

The recipients of the 2011 competition were:   

  • David Bateman, Louis Beaubien and Jeffrey Power (Saint Mary's University). "Canadian University Accounting Curriculum and Programs: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Jerry Sun (University of Windsor) and Guoping Liu (Ryerson University). "Did the Mandatory Adoption of IFRS Affect the Earnings Quality of Canadian Firms?"  

Past recipients of the CICA Research Grant Program have explored many areas of interest to the profession.


Support for CA PhD candidates

Provincial institutes/ordre offer financial support for all CAs pursuing accounting PhDs.   


International standards for accounting education

The CICA is a member, strong supporter, and ongoing contributor to the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). We strongly encourage Canadian accounting academics to engage with the international standard setting process.

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.