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Become a CPA and be a recognized leader

As a Canadian CPA, you’re part of one of the world’s largest, most prestigious and influential accounting organizations. Being a CPA means you’re part of an influential global brand.

Canada’s accounting profession has long been recognized as punching above its weight in the national and international financial community. Unification of all Canadian accountants into a single profession under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation makes the profession even stronger.

Now one of the largest accounting bodies in the world, our members are part of one of the world’s most prestigious and influential accounting organizations — and that provides recognition that will benefit you personally and professionally.

Exerting global influence

CPAs are highly sought after by international boards, committees and advisory councils to help guide the direction of business and best practices. CPA Canada has one member serving on the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) board and 17 members serving on International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) boards and committees. CPA Canada is the only organization with two members on the IFAC board. This broad representation ensures that the Canadian profession has an impact globally.

Protecting Canadians through support of standard setting

CPA Canada contributes to the development of financial reporting and assurance standards through its volunteer and financial support of the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB), the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB), as well as their oversight by the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (AASOC).

Advocating for the profession and public

The federal and provincial governments of Canada value our views. CPA Canada has established relationships with federal ministers’ offices, members of Parliament, various departments and national organizations to press for a range of policy improvements, for both the profession and public. We provide recommendations on a vast array of important and emerging issues including international taxation, consumer debt levels, foreign affairs, immigration, and Canadian innovation and productivity.

Improving our communities

CPAs are the engine behind what has been recognized by the Institute of Financial Literacy as one of the world’s best worldwide financial literacy programs. A network of close to 10,000 members goes into communities across Canada to teach people of all ages how to make good financial decisions that will support their financial health.