Use of the CPA, CGA Designation
As you may be aware, most of Canada’s accounting bodies are in the process of pursuing unification efforts or have unified under the CPA banner, and with 71,000 CPA members in Ontario and Quebec, CPA is now the largest accounting designation in Canada. Many other provinces are looking to introduce CPA legislation in 2013 or 2014, and on September 17, CPA Canada launched a multi-media national advertising campaign to raise awareness of the designation. In BC, we are optimistic that the government will introduce legislation in 2014 at which point you would become a member of CPABC and we would issue CPA certificates.
Another significant milestone was reached when the three boards approved a joint venture and transition plan last
week which we intend to implement October 1, with over 500 BC candidates already taking the new CPA certification program.
At the CGA-BC Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, September 21, proposed changes to our bylaws were passed, which will regulate use of the CPA designation by BC members.
If you wish to use the CPA designation, it must be accompanied by your legacy designation. This means your credentials would be listed as “CPA, CGA”. In addition, firms are not able to use the CPA designation in the firm name or descriptive style until new legislation has been enacted.
We have prepared an FAQ on the use of the CPA designation for your reference. Should you have further questions, please contact CGA-BC Member Services Team at 604.732.1211.