International accounting bodies with existing MRAs and RMAs

We are negotiating recognition agreements with many international accounting bodies. Until these are complete, agreements between the three legacy bodies and international accounting bodies remain in effect. See if you qualify for membership under an existing agreement.

If you are a fully qualified member in good standing of an international accounting body listed below (obtained a membership through completion of the accounting body’s qualification process and not through a recognition agreement with another accountancy body) and obtained your designation while not a resident of Canada, you may have rights to certification in Canada through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) or Reciprocal Membership Agreement (RMA).

Please note that the MRAs and RMAs confer certification only. The right to practice public accounting may require additional examination and/or experience requirements. For more information, please contact the provincial CPA body in the province in which you currently or plan to reside.

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS (CA)

MRAs and RMAs between the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the following international accounting bodies currently remain in place:

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
  • L’institut des Reviseurs d’Enterprises de Belgique
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Ordre des Experts Comptables de France (OECF)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland
  • Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Publicos (CPC designation)
  • Nederland Instituut van Register Accountants
  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy in the U.S. exempt CAs in their respective province/territory from the requirements to pass the AICPA final exam
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe

If you are member in good standing of one of these bodies, find your path from CA to the Canadian CPA designation.

CERTIFIED GENERAL ACCOUNTANTS (CGA)

MRAs between Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) and the following international accounting bodies currently remain in place:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), except in Quebec
  • CPA Australia, except in Quebec
  • CPA Ireland, except in Quebec
  • Ordre des Experts-Comptables de France (OECF)

If you are member in good standing of one of these bodies, find your path from CGA to the Canadian CPA designation.

CERTIFIED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS

MRAs between the Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) and the following international accounting bodies currently remain in place, except in Quebec:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • CPA Australia

If you are member in good standing of one of these bodies, find your path from CMA to the Canadian CPA designation.

Learn about the process for providing individual assessments of international accounting professionals to become Canadian CPAs when they are not members of international accounting bodies with whom the Canadian profession has an established agreement.

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