CPA unification timeline: Key developments

The Canadian accounting landscape is changing rapidly. View the key milestones of the unification of the Canadian accounting profession on our timeline.

The new Canadian designation, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), is now used by Canada’s accounting profession across the country. The Canadian CPA was created with the unification of three legacy accounting designations (CA, CGA and CMA).

Check here for a regularly updated timeline of key unification developments. Click on an item below to access detailed information.


 

Timing

Developments

2016

Sept 27

Unification essentially complete

May 17

CPA Legislation passed in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

Apr 13

CPA legislation introduced in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

2015

Dec 18

CPA Nova Scotia legislation receives Royal Assent

Dec 11

CPA Nova Scotia legislation passes third reading

Nov 27

CPA legislation formally merges Nova Scotia accounting bodies

Sept 1

CPA Manitoba has been established through legislation

July 1

CPA legislation proclaimed in Alberta

June 30

CPA Manitoba legislation receives Royal Assent

June 24

CPA legislation proclaimed in British Columbia

June 17

CPA Manitoba Legislation Receives Third and Final Reading

May 11

CPA legislation received Royal Assent in Nova Scotia

April 22

Unification legislation introduced in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly

April 1

CPA legislation proclaimed in Prince Edward Island

March 25

CPA legislation received Royal Assent in British Columbia

February 11

CPA legislation introduced in British Columbia

2014

December 17

Unification legislation passed in Alberta Legislature

December 1

CPA Manitoba Joint Venture announces introduction of legislation

November 27

CPA Prince Edward Island legislation receives passage

November 25

Unification legislation introduced in Alberta Legislature

November 24

CPA Newfoundland and Labrador legislation receives passage

November 10

Saskatchewan accountants unite as CPA legislation proclaimed

October 2

It’s official! 190,000 PROS, One Designation

July 8

Three Nova Scotia bodies enter merger agreement and request new legislation

July 3

Yukon accounting bodies sign merger agreement

June 18

CPA Ontario and CGA Ontario vote to support unification

May 24

Nova Scotia’s three accounting bodies receive approval to move forward with merger agreement

May 1

New by-laws in Prince Edward Island allow members to use CPA designation

May 1

CPA Ontario and CGA Ontario release Unification Agreement – Key Terms to their members

April 23

CPA New Brunswick Legislation receives passage

April 11

CPA Bermuda legislation receives passage and amended Act now in effect

 

April 9

CPA Saskatchewan legislation receives passage

 

April 3

Nova Scotia CAs, CMAs and CGAs release merger proposal

 

April 2

Ontario’s CMAs now members of CPA Ontario

 

April 1

Three Manitoba accounting bodies sign Joint Venture Agreement

 

February 3

Three Ontario bodies sign MOU to unify the profession in that province

 

January 30

CGA Manitoba members vote to support merger agreement

2013

December 19

Three Manitoba bodies announce merger agreement

 

November 11

CPA Saskatchewan announces introduction of legislation

 

October 17

Three Saskatchewan bodies sign Joint Venture Agreement

 

October 9

CPA Canada welcomes positive CGA member vote result

 

September 25

Three BC bodies approve joint venture plan and pass new bylaws which regulate the use of CPA designation

 

September 17

The P is for Professional: CPA Canada launches multi-media advertising campaign

 

September 16

CGA-Canada announces member vote as the Integration Agreement between CPA Canada and CGA-Canada is approved

 

July 9

CGA-PEI announces positive vote results

 

June 28

Positive vote from Alberta CAs supports three-way unification

 

June 27

CA and CMA bodies in Ontario announce positive vote results

 

June 21

Three accounting bodies in Newfoundland and Labrador sign unification agreement

 

June 17

CMA Manitoba and CA Manitoba sign Joint Venture Agreement and provide update on CGA Manitoba

 

June 6

CA and CMA bodies in Saskatchewan announce positive vote results and sign Joint Venture Agreement

 

May 15

ICAO and CMA Ontario release provincial unification proposal

 

May 9

British Columbia’s three accounting bodies sign unification proposal

 

April 24

CPA Canada welcomes CGA bodies return to unification talks

 

April 1

A new leaf: CPA Canada’s new visual identity introduced

 

March 22

NBICA, CMA NB and CGA-NB release provincial merger proposal

 

March 13

CPA Canada Bylaw published

 

January 1

National CPA Canada organization established

2012

October 11

Saskatchewan CAs and CMAs release merger proposal

 

July 25

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia and CMA Nova Scotia release provincial merger proposal

 

June 7

The ICAPEI and CMA PEI release provincial merger proposal

 

May 17

CGA Alberta and CMA Alberta release provincial merger proposal

 

May 16

Quebec legislation uniting three accounting bodies receives passage

 

March 28

Quebec government introduces legislation to unite ca, cma and cga ordres

 

March 23

Update on Manitoba member advisory vote

 

March 15

Newfoundland and Labrador accounting bodies release provincial merger proposal

 

March 15

Update on Alberta unification discussions

 

March 5

Saskatchewan accounting bodies release provincial merger proposal

 

January 24

ICABC, CMA BC and CGA-BC release provincial merger proposal

 

January 20

CA Manitoba and CMA Manitoba release provincial merger proposal

 

January 17

Canada’s three legacy accounting bodies issue Unification Framework

 

January 15

PEI CGAs join merger talks

2011

December 7

Saskatchewan CGAs join merger talks

 

November 2

Newfoundland and Labrador CGAs enter merger discussions

 

November 1

Alberta CGAs join merger talks

October 28

CGA-Canada enters exploratory merger talks

 

October 24

CGAs in British Columbia join merger talks

 

October 4

Quebec CA-CMA-CGA merger update

 

September 16

CGAs enter exploratory merger talks in Ontario

 

May 24

Member consultation on unification begins and Position Paper released

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