It all starts with becoming a member
Becoming a CA in Canada means becoming one of the country’s business leaders, a recognized and respected professional helping Canada’s foremost organizations succeed through your role as a policy-maker, an advisor and a strategist. The CA designation is the standard of excellence in accounting – no other designation carries the same weight, no other designation is valued as highly, and no other designation can offer you as many career opportunities.
Canada’s Chartered Accountancy profession is organized both nationally and provincially. Each of the 10 provincial Chartered Accountants institutes/ordres has the responsibility and authority to admit members and student members, and to determine practice requirements and the discipline of members and students.
The laws of all provinces prohibit the use of foreign CA designations in Canada. Once you are a Canadian CA, however, your designation is fully portable across Canada by applying for membership in the provincial institute in which you wish recognition. In Quebec, members also must meet provincial government French-language proficiency requirements.
In addition to setting admission standards, the provincial institutes/ordres are responsible for the education and examination of their candidates. The admission standards of the provincial institutes/ordres are uniform in general, but differ in detail. You must be a member of the CA institute/ordre of a Canadian province or territory in order to represent yourself as a Chartered Accountant in that Canadian province or territory.
If you are an internationally trained accountant who wants to join the CA in Canada program, you should contact the appropriate provincial institute/ordre where you live or intend to live to apply directly, or get more information. We’ve provided links below.
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for senior professionals
Earning my Canadian CA gave me a globally recognized designation that bridges the gap between theory and practice, enhancing the value I can provide Read more
- Abbas Barodawalla, CA, BC Housing, Home country: India
With my Canadian CA, I can be whatever I want to be in the future. Read more
- Jannet C. Taruc, CA, Grant Thornton, BC, Home country: Philippines
Becoming a Canadian CA has allowed me to bridge from my previous working experience given me ways to leverage my background, and opened the doors to an exciting career progression in Canada. Read more
- Joe Lai, CA, Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young LLP, Calgary, AB, Home country: Singapore
The strong reputation of the CA designation, both in Canada and internationally, meant a lot of doors were open to me Read more
- Daniel Labarca, D+H Group LLP, Home country: Venezuela
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