Become a CA in Canada

Why become a Canadian CA?

To use the “CA” designation in Canada, you must be a member of the institute/ordre of Chartered Accountants in the province or territory in which you intend to practise. This website tells you how to become a CA in Canada, and why becoming a Chartered Accountant is the right choice for those who want to join Canada's leading accounting designation.

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Chartered Accountants are the preeminent practitioners of Canada’s accounting professions, helping shape, manage, and drive Canada’s foremost organizations – and small, entrepreneurial businesses – to leadership positions in the global marketplace. Becoming a CA in Canada takes your career to the next level. Opening the doors to a lifetime of challenge, accomplishment, and success starts below:

Becoming a CA in Canada sets you on a lifetime of career opportunities and professional growth. The path you take to become a CA in Canada depends on your credentials and experience. Tell us a bit about yourself so we can determine the steps you will have to take to meet our high professional standards and become a CA in Canada.

Select one of the two options below to get started.

The accounting bodies under this option have been reviewed by the International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB). If you are a fully qualified member of one of these bodies (not by affiliation – i.e. not through reciprocity with another accounting body), and obtained that designation while not a resident of Canada, select it. If you are not a member of one of these accounting bodies, select Other.

Did you qualify between March 1992 and August 1999?

Did you pass the ICAA’s Professional advanced audit module?

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

Did you qualify as a CPA in Hong Kong after January 1, 2002

Did you successfully complete the Qualification Program, including its final professional examination that took effect in or subsequent to January 2002?

Is your professional designation CPC?

Did you successfully complete the ICANZ’s Professional Competence Examination (which includes successful completion of the integrated professional program composed of the Professional Accounting School (PAS) and Professional Competence Examination 1 and 2 (PCE1 and PCE2)) or have been admitted to the ICANZ from 1977 onwards without passing the Professional Competence Examination but have five years of post-qualification public practice experience?

Did you qualify after November 1998?

Have you passed the SAICA Part 2 Auditing option?

From which State Board did you obtain your CPA designation

Do you have at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience, five (5) of which at a senior level?

The twelve (12) years of experience must be relevant, which is defined as “work in an accounting or business environment.” Five (5) of the twelve (12) years experience must be at a senior level, which is defined as “having sufficient experience to support having the professional skills needed to handle complex issues proficiently and be able to assume the degree of responsibility required of a CA”.

 

Do have a sponsor, who is independent from you, is a Canadian CA in good standing currently and has been for the past ten (10) years, and who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years?

The role of Professional Sponsors is an important one: The sponsor substantiates the information contained in the International Candidate Application form and in the responses to the Evaluation of Experience questions.
A Professional Sponsor must:
· be a Canadian CA in good standing for a minimum of
  ten (10) years
· have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s work
  experience (direct supervision is not requisite)
· be independent of the applicant, and must not:
      · report directly to or be subordinate to you
      · be an auditor for the entity for which you work
      · be a family member

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

Did you qualify after January 1, 1996?

Did you qualify before November 1998?

Did you pass the ICAZ auditing option?

Do you have at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience, five (5) of which at a senior level? And do have a sponsor, who is independent from you, is a Canadian CA in good standing currently and has been for the past ten (10) years, and who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years?

The twelve (12) years of experience must be relevant, which is defined as “work in an accounting or business environment.” Five (5) of the twelve (12) years experience must be at a senior level, which is defined as “having sufficient experience to support having the professional skills needed to handle complex issues proficiently and be able to assume the degree of responsibility required of a CA”.

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

Do you have a recognized university degree?

Degrees granted by Indian universities are recognized based on assessment by independent credential assessment bodies. Contact the provincial institute/ordre of the province in which you intend to register for more information.

Do you have at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience, five (5) of which at a senior level? And do have a sponsor, who is independent from you, is a Canadian CA in good standing currently and has been for the past ten (10) years, and who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years?

The twelve (12) years of experience must be relevant, which is defined as “work in an accounting or business environment.” Five (5) of the twelve (12) years experience must be at a senior level, which is defined as “having sufficient experience to support having the professional skills needed to handle complex issues proficiently and be able to assume the degree of responsibility required of a CA”.

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

Do you have a recognized university degree?

Degrees granted by Pakistan universities are recognized based on assessment by independent credential assessment bodies. Contact the provincial institute/ordre of the province in which you intend to register for more information.

Do you have at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience, five (5) of which at a senior level?

The twelve (12) years of experience must be relevant, which is defined as “work in an accounting or business environment.” Five (5) of the twelve (12) years experience must be at a senior level, which is defined as “having sufficient experience to support having the professional skills needed to handle complex issues proficiently and be able to assume the degree of responsibility required of a CA”.

Do have a sponsor, who is independent from you, is a Canadian CA in good standing currently and has been for the past ten (10) years, and who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years?

The role of Professional Sponsors is an important one: The sponsor substantiates the information contained in the International Candidate Application form and in the responses to the Evaluation of Experience questions.
A Professional Sponsor must:
· be a Canadian CA in good standing for a minimum of
  ten (10) years
· have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s work
  experience (direct supervision is not requisite)
· be independent of the applicant, and must not:
      · report directly to or be subordinate to you
      · be an auditor for the entity for which you work
      · be a family member

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

Do you have at least twelve (12) years of relevant experience, five (5) of which at a senior level?

The twelve (12) years of experience must be relevant, which is defined as “work in an accounting or business environment.” Five (5) of the twelve (12) years experience must be at a senior level, which is defined as “having sufficient experience to support having the professional skills needed to handle complex issues proficiently and be able to assume the degree of responsibility required of a CA”.

Do have a sponsor, who is independent from you, is a Canadian CA in good standing currently and has been for the past ten (10) years, and who has known you for a minimum of two (2) years?

The role of Professional Sponsors is an important one: The sponsor substantiates the information contained in the International Candidate Application form and in the responses to the Evaluation of Experience questions.
A Professional Sponsor must:
· be a Canadian CA in good standing for a minimum of
  ten (10) years
· have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s work
  experience (direct supervision is not requisite)
· be independent of the applicant, and must not:
      · report directly to or be subordinate to you
      · be an auditor for the entity for which you work
      · be a family member

Are you applying to the Province of Quebec?

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Unification of the Canadian Accounting Profession

Historically there have been three accounting designations in Canada, of which the Chartered Accountant (CA) is one. We are now working towards the unification of these three designations under the CPA designation. The unification process is not yet complete.

Unification is complicated because certification in Canada is regulated by ten provincial and two territorial accounting bodies. Before any province or territory can issue a CPA designation, legislative change must occur in that jurisdiction. Until legislative change is complete, each provincial and territorial CA institute will continue to grant the CA designation. Once unification efforts are complete, the jurisdiction will then issue all CAs the CPA designation as well.

This means that, if you apply to receive your Canadian CA designation under an existing Mutual Recognition Agreement, Reciprocal Membership Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding that the CA profession has in place with an international professional body, you will become a member of the provincial or territorial body to which you are accepted, and be awarded a Canadian CA designation. When the required legislative change occurs in that province or territory, you will automatically receive a CPA designation as well, and be required to present your Canadian designations together: “CPA, CA.”

Currently the provinces of Quebec and Ontario are the only jurisdictions in Canada able to certify members as CPAs. If you receive your Canadian CA designation in either of these provinces, you will be awarded a CPA and a CA, and be required to present your designations as "CPA,CA.”