Volunteer committees

Receive a brief overview of CPA Canada’s committees and groups.

There are over 120 committees, task forces and groups at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) that address a variety of needs. These groups include:

  • Academic Advisory Council
    The purpose of the Council is to ensure that the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) is fully informed of academic research in areas relevant to setting accounting standards, and that those academic research programs are developed on a timely basis. The Council provides input to the AcSB on matters, including accounting standards proposed by the AcSB and, since the AcSB’s new strategy for publicly accountable enterprises and the resultant move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) was the basis of reporting for such enterprises, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The Council also informs the AcSB of theoretical concepts having wide-ranging implications for standard-setting.
  • Accounting Standards Board
    The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) is an independent body with the authority to develop and establish accounting standards for use by all Canadian entities outside the public sector.
  • Accounting Standards Oversight Council
    The Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) was established in 2000 by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) to serve the public interest by overseeing and providing input to the activities of the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB). Commencing in 2003, AcSOC also oversees and provides input to the activities of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB).
  • Accounting Standards Oversight Council Nominating Committee
    The Nominating Committee is established by the AcSOC to appoint individuals for membership on the AcSB and the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB), including the respective chairs and vice-chairs where applicable, and for recommending membership on AcSOC itself.
  • Accounting Standards Oversight Council Performance Review Committee
    The Performance Review Committee is established by AcSOC to assist it in carrying out its annual reviews of the performance of the ACSB and the PSAB.
  • Advisory Group on Implementation of Canadian Auditing Standards (AGICAS)
    AGICAS supports the timely development by CPA Canada of high quality non-authoritative audit guidance and support for the CPA profession. They focus on identifying issues and proposing solutions to CPA Canada staff relating to the implementation of the Canadian Auditing Standards (CASs).
  • AICPA/CPA Canada Cross-Border Tax Committee
  • Anti-Money Laundering Committee
    The Anti-Money Laundering Committee’s objectives are to provide:
    • input to CPA Canada on the impact on accountants and accounting firms of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing (AML/ATF) legislation and related governmental consultations and initiatives
    • guidance and resources that will assist accountants and accounting firms understand their obligations under AML/ATF legislation and improve their level of compliance
  • Asset Retirement Obligations Task Force
    This task force develops the public sector standard addressing accounting and financial reporting issues relating to asset retirement obligations.
  • Assets Task Force
    The Assets Task Force provides guidance to preparers and auditors on contingent assets, contractual rights, and applying the asset definition in the public sector.
  • Audit Committee
  • Audit Reporting Implications of the New CASs Task Force
    This task force was formed by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) in recognition of significant changes taking place to accounting and auditing standards in Canada, that may impact the form and content of practitioners’ reports. The task force develops guidance to address complex reporting issues that may arise during this period of change with a view to promoting consistency in reporting.
  • Audit Reporting Model Working Group
  • Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
    The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) sets generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) for financial statement audits. The AASB also sets standards for other services performed by public accountants, including assurance services other than audits of financial statements such as reviews of financial statements, audits of other information, as well as related services such as compilation engagements and engagements to perform agreed-upon auditing procedures. Members of the AASB are volunteers appointed by AASOC.
  • Auditing & Assurance Standards Board (AASB) and Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Task Force on the Joint Policy Statement (JPS) Concerning Communications with Law Firms
    The task force is dealing with changes to the “Joint Policy Statement Concerning Communications with Law Firms Regarding Claims and Possible Claims in Connection with the Preparation and Audit of Financial Statements” (i.e., Appendix to CAS 501, Audit Evidence — Specific Considerations for Selected Items) to deal with the various financial reporting frameworks (including IFRS) that may apply regarding contingencies related to litigation.
  • Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council
    The Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (AASOC) is an independent body established to oversee the activities of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB). Reporting to the public and consisting of prominent leaders from business and regulators, it brings a broad perspective to complex issues facing standard setters. It supports the AASB in setting auditing, assurance and related services standards in Canada and in contributing to the development of internationally accepted auditing, assurance and related services standards.
  • Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council Nominating Committee
    The Nominating Committee is established by AASOC to appoint individuals for membership on the AASB, including the respective chairs and vice-chairs where applicable, and for recommending membership on AASOC itself.  The committee is comprised of the chair and/or vice-chair of AASOC, and three other members of AASOC selected from time to time.
  • Auditor Independence Working Group
  • Board of Directors
  • Board of Evaluators
  • CPA Task Force on Petroleum
  • CPAmagazine Technical Editors
  • Canadian Performance Reporting Board
    The Canadian Performance Reporting Board is responsible for providing vision and leadership to the work of CPA Canada in advancing the measurement and reporting of organizational performance, focusing on public entities.
  • Career Life Balance Advisory Committee
  • CPA /AICPA Privacy Task Force
  • CPA Advisory Group
  • Commodity Tax Committee
  • Competency Framework Task Force
  • Competency Map Committee
  • Competency Map Task Force
  • Conceptual Framework Discussion Group
    The group is established to contribute to the development of a high-quality conceptual framework by the IASB by advising the AcSB. The group consists of the AcSB chair and 12 to 14 members with knowledge of accounting concepts and a range of backgrounds. The responsibilities of the group include:
    • assisting the AcSB in formulating views to respond to consultations on the IASB’s Conceptual Framework Project
    • advising the AcSB chair on the project aspects to be discussed at IASB’s Accounting Standards Advisory Forum (ASAF)
  • Conceptual Framework Task Force
  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Corporate Oversight and Governance Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee
  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting Study Group
  • Council of Presidents
  • Council of Senior Executives
  • CPA Board of Examiners
  • CPA Canada Audit and Finance Committee
  • CPA Canada Education & Qualification Committee
  • CPA Canada Nominating and Governance Committee
  • CPA Exams Translation Advisory Committee
  • CPD Working Group
  • CSE Member Relations Task Force
  • CSE Public Trust Task Force
  • Discipline Resource Group
  • Employee Benefits Advisory Group
  • Enhancing Audit Quality
  • Federal Elections Audit Guides Advisory Committee
  • Financial Instruments Task Force
  • Financial Reporting in Canada Under IFRS
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • IFAC — Board
  • IFAC — Compliance Advisory Panel
  • IFAC — International Accounting Education Standards Board
  • IFAC – International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
  • IFAC — International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants
  • IFAC — International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board
  • IFAC Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee
  • IFAC Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee
  • IFRS Discussion Group
    The purpose of the Group is to assist the AcSB regarding issues arising from the application of IFRSs in Canada. The Group discusses these issues in a public forum to raise awareness and make recommendations to the AcSB to refer particular issues to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) or the IFRS Interpretations Committee. Group members are from a variety of backgrounds, including financial statement preparers, users and auditors involved with a range of entities from large to small.
  • Income Tax Education Committee
  • Independence Task Force
  • Industry Tax Committee
  • Information Management and Technology Advisory Committee
    The Information Management and Technology Advisory Committee (IMTAC) plays an important role in helping CPAs stay current and effectively address information management and technology (IM&T) issues and developments. IMTAC raises awareness and provides guidance to CPAs about IM&T matters affecting the profession and business community.
  • Insurance Accounting Task Force
    The Insurance Accounting Task Force contributes to the development of high-quality standards on insurance by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and advises the AcSB. Task force responsibilities include:
    • assisting the AcSB in formulating views on material presented for discussion or approval by the IASB
    • highlighting issues that require the AcSB’s attention (including unique Canadian circumstances and matters of particular concern to Canadian users, preparers or auditors of insurers’ financial statements
    • acting as a source of useful information to AcSB staff concerning the Canadian insurance business and Canadian standards, regulatory requirements and practices affecting financial reporting by Canadian insurers
    • assisting in developing an awareness of the IASB proposals and standards in Canada
    • assisting the AcSB in dealing with Canadian insurance accounting issues generally
  • International Qualifications Appraisal Board
  • Investment Funds Advisory Group
    The Investment Funds Advisory Group identifies and discusses financial reporting issues of relevance to the Canadian investment fund industry, with a particular focus on International Financial Reporting Standards and Canadian securities legislation.
  • Joint Committee on Taxation of the CBA and CPA Canada
  • Joint Not-for-Profit Task Force
    The Joint Not-For-Profit Task Force is formed by the AcSB and PSAB to review and update the accounting standards for NFPOs in the public and private sectors, while maintaining consistency between both sectors.
  • Leases Advisory Group
  • Liability for Contaminated Sites Task Force
  • Members in Industry Task Force
  • Mining Industry Task Force on IFRSs
    CPA Canada and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) created the Mining Industry Task Force on IFRSs (Task Force) to share non-authoritative views on IFRS application issues of relevance to mineral resource companies. The views of the Task Force are provided in a series of thought leadership papers available through free download. Each Task Force member contributes to the development and review of papers. These papers are of particular interest to chief financial officers, controllers and auditors.
  • Non-GAAP Financial Measures Task Force
  • Oil and Gas Industry Task Force on IFRSs
    CPA Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) created the Oil and Gas Industry Task Force on IFRSs (Task Force) to share views on IFRS application issues of relevance to junior oil and gas companies. The views of the Task Force are provided in a series of thought leadership papers available through free download. Each Task Force member contributes to the development and review of papers. These papers are of particular interest to chief financial officers, controllers and auditors.
  • PEM (Professional Engagement Manual) Advisory Committee
  • Post-Qualification Learning Group
  • Practice Inspection Program Standing Subcommittee
  • Practitioners Technical Advisory Board
    The Practitioners Technical Advisory Board focuses on identifying the need for and the timely development by CPA Canada of high quality non-authoritative guidance and support for the CPA profession, in particular for practitioners in small and medium size firms (SMPs) and their clients (i.e., SMEs).
  • Pre-Qualification Learning Group
  • Private Enterprise Advisory Committee
    The Private Enterprise Advisory Committee was formed to assist the AcSB in maintaining and improving accounting standards for private enterprises, and advise on the need for non-authoritative guidance about the standards. At the request of the AcSB, the committee may also undertake research into the financial reporting needs of private enterprises. The committee meets four times per year.
  • Professional Learning Committee
  • Professional Liability Insurance Committee
  • Professional Liability Insurance Working Group
  • Public Sector Accounting Board
    The Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) is an independent body with the authority to set accounting standards for the public sector . The mission of PSAB is to serve the public interest by setting standards and providing guidance for financial and other performance information reported by the public sector. The Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) oversees the activities of PSAB. AcSOC appoints the members of PSAB and provides input to PSAB, primarily in terms of its strategic direction and priorities. After obtaining feedback from AcSOC, PSAB discusses and considers the views of AcSOC with respect to PSAB's strategic direction.
  • Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group
    The Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group is a regular public forum at which issues arising on the application of the CPA Canada Public Sector Accounting (PSA) Handbook can be discussed. The purpose of the group is to assist PSAB regarding issues arising on the application of the PSA Handbook, as well as to gather information to advise PSAB on priorities and possible agenda items.
  • Public Service Sector Services Task Force
  • Publications & Products Working Group
  • Regulatory Framework Working Group
  • Related Party Transactions Task Force
    The task force considers a number of issues including disclosure versus recognition and measurement, significant influence and intra-entity allocations.
  • Revenue Task Force
    The task force examines revenue recognition for exchange transactions, expanding on the guidance provided in Financial Statement Presentation, paragraphs PS 1200.077-.081, as it pertains to revenue recognition for exchange transactions. It is advising PSAB on a single framework to categorize revenues to enhance the consistency of revenue recognition and its measurement.
  • Review Engagements Task Force
    This task force addresses the need for a set of comprehensive review engagement standards that stand alone, reflect current practice and appropriately address the needs expressed and issues raised by Canadian stakeholders.
  • Risk Oversight and Governance Board
  • Rules Harmonization Committee
  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Committee
  • Securities Regulation Advisory Group
    This advisory group addresses issued related to standards dealing with securities regulations and other capital markets matters.
  • Selection Council
  • Small & Medium Size Practices Advisory Group
  • Small and Medium Practitioner (SMP) Tax Committee
  • Small Company Advisory Group
    The Small Company Advisory Group is responsible for advising CPA Canada about the needs of smaller public companies to assist them in producing high quality performance reporting information.
  • SME Audit Task Force
    The SME Audit Task Force aims to help practitioners rethink their audit approach when auditing smaller entities in order to be effective and efficient. The research of this task force will help design guidance for audits of SME financial statements, particularly as conducted by smaller firms.
  • Standards for Assurance Engagements Task Force
    This task force will consider replacing or revising sections of the Handbook dealing with assurance engagements other than audits or reviews of financial statements, to reflect current practice, address the needs expressed by the legislative auditing community and other Canadian stakeholders, and establish a clear interrelationship between upper tier standards for assurance engagements and engagement-specific assurance standards.
  • Strategy, Management Accounting & Finance Advisory Board
    The Strategy, Management Accounting & Finance Advisory Board aids CPA Canada in advancing the field of strategy, management accounting and finance in the Canadian and global landscape.
  • Sustainability Advisory Board
    The Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) influences and advises staff of CPA Canada as it develops guidance and support for the profession related to sustainability, such as helping organizations with risk management; performance management; reporting; audit and assurance. SAB also offers advice on appropriate sustainability research ideas, publications, outreach and other matters as determined by CPA Canada staff. Member awareness, education and communications are important to enable the CPA profession to understand the organizational implications of sustainability and properly embed it into organizations’ short- and long-term thinking.
  • Tax Learning & Development Advisory Group
  • Tax Policy Committee
  • Tax Policy Subcommittee
  • The Role of Audit Committee
  • US Working Group
  • User Advisory Council
    The User Advisory Council was formed in October 2004 to increase financial statement user participation in the accounting standard-setting process. The purpose of the Council is to assist the AcSB in understanding how users, including investors and investment professionals, credit granters in financial institutions, equity and credit analysts, and rating agencies, use financial information. The Council is also intended to assist the AcSB by providing advice on standard-setting priorities, and on specific agenda projects.
  • Women's Leadership Council

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