CGAs in British Columbia join merger talks

CGA British Columbia joins the CA and CMA organizations in the province in exploratory unification talks.

On October 24, 2011, the leadership of the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) announced to its members that it is joining exploratory discussions with the CA and CMA organizations in British Columbia as part of the ongoing dialogue to explore the merits and feasibility of uniting the Canadian accounting profession. In joining this discussion, CGA-BC has indicated that it agrees with the eight overarching principles developed jointly by the CAs and CMAs and outlined in the position paper released in May.

CGA Ontario made a similar announcement in September and on October 4, 2011, the CA, CMA and CGA Orders in Quebec announced that their respective boards of directors have recommended moving forward with a merger of their organizations to establish a new professional accounting order representing more than 34,000 Quebec CAs, CMAs and CGAs.

This is a significant development for accountants in British Columbia. Throughout the consultation the CA and CMA bodies have said that the door is always open for the CGAs across Canada to enter this discussion and in the consultation many members and other stakeholders said it would make sense for the CGAs bodies to be part of the conversation.

CA and CMA boards and councils across Canada continue to review the feedback received during the consultation period and will share a summary of the feedback with members and other stakeholders in the coming weeks. As stated in previous communications, should the national boards and provincial councils agree to move the merger discussions ahead, a concrete proposal will be prepared for member consideration and support.