Information for Canadian CPAs seeking international designations

Learn about the eligibility of Canadian CPAs applying for membership with an international accounting body under a mutual recognition or reciprocal membership agreement.

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is in the process of working with a number of international accounting bodies to negotiate new mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) and reciprocal membership agreements (RMAs) and is reassessing expired agreements that were previously negotiated by the legacy CPA bodies (CICA, CGA Canada, and CMA Canada). While these legacy agreements remain in effect until CPA Canada negotiates new agreements, the existing agreements apply only to members of the legacy bodies with which they were negotiated.  

CPA Canada is currently renegotiating these agreements on behalf of the unified CPA profession. It is expected that new agreements will be in effect by January 1, 2018.

Applying for the U.S. CPA credential

Recently, CPA Canada signed a trilateral mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB) representing the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos (IMCP), and Comité Mexicano para la Práctica Internacional de la Contaduría (COMPIC). CPAs who earned their membership through any of the legacy bodies, as well as newly qualified CPAs, are covered in this new MRA. 

Information on eligibility requirements and the application process will be released as soon as it is available.