Commodity tax symposium 2019

Stay up to date on critical indirect tax issues and network with other indirect tax professionals at Canada’s largest and longest-running indirect tax event.

Event Details

Location and date:
Ottawa October 23-24, 2019

Keep your tax team up-to-date on the latest strategies to deal with tax changes in Canada. Learn from Canadian experts and maximize your investment by networking with other commodity tax professionals at this popular event, back for the 39th year in a row.

The 2019 CTS program will consist of in-depth technical sessions, practical issue identification and topic analysis, plus engaging keynote speakers who will share relevant insights about the impact of policy and legislation on your practice.


2018 Normand Guérin Award

Congratulations to Thomas Brook and Emily Stanhope the winners of the 2018 Normand Guérin award. The award is presented by Deloitte LLP for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of commodity tax studies for their paper “A Guide to Insurance Premium Taxation in Canada”.

Special offers/promotions

Early bird discount available. Register before August 21, 2019 to receive $250 off the conference price. Please note that this discount cannot be combined with other offers.

Calling recent graduates of In-Depth HST/GST

Have you recently taken CPA Canada's In-Depth HST/GST course and need to stay up to date on the changes in indirect tax? Commodity Tax Symposium is for you and you can attend for just $1,095! To qualify for the discount, you must have taken the In-Depth HST/GST course in 2017, 2018 or 2019 as a beginner or with some experience, and have never attended CTS or CTS West in the past. For details to register contact Joanna Boutasis.

Refer a friend for a chance to win a weekend getaway

Refer a friend or colleague who is new* to the Commodity Tax Symposium and be entered for a chance to be entered into a prize draw. To be entered, ask your friend to enter your name when registering.

*Friend/colleague has never attended CTS or CTS West in the past.

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.


14 CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

You will learn about:

  • critical issues in commodity tax
  • GST, HST, PST and QST
  • customs and trade
  • update from the CRA
  • industry-specific challenges
  • and much more

Who should attend?

  • accounting professionals
  • lawyers
  • consultants
  • academics
  • senior executives
  • professionals who lead internal commodity tax groups for industry or not-for-profit organizations
  • representatives from the CRA, the Department of Finance, and provincial ministries of finance charged with policy and compliance initiatives regarding sales taxes and other indirect taxes

More Details:

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


The Westin Ottawa Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4


The Westin Ottawa Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4
t.: 613-560-7000

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the participant. CPA Canada has arranged for special conference rates at the Westin Ottawa.

Traditional Room (single/double) $264/night
Deluxe Room (single/double) $309/night
Suites (single/double) $394/night
Additional Person $40/night

Rates available until September 20, 2019, or until the room block is full.

Click here to book your accommodations with the CPA Canada group rate

Frequently asked questions:

Networking events

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Welcome Reception: Begin the conference with an opportunity to network with attendees prior to the symposium. The Welcome Reception will take place in the Confederation Foyer (4th Floor) of The Westin Ottawa from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Networking Reception: Following the day's sessions, join attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for the CTS networking reception. Enjoy a beverage or two while visiting conference exhibitors and meeting fellow attendees.

What equipment do I need to join the virtual conference?

For a smooth virtual conference experience, ensure that you have:

  • the most current operating system and browser on the device you will use to connect to the virtual conference platform
  • access to high speed/broadband Internet (or 4G/LTE services for mobile/tablet devices); if you are not on high-speed Internet, your video may become patchy at times
  • speakers/headphones to hear the conference speakers

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