How to become a CPA, CGA member Under Mutual Recognition Agreement ACCA and CGA Canada.

If you are a member of an international accounting body that had a MRA with Certified General Accountants of Canada, you may be eligible to earn your Canadian credential by completing these steps.

  1. The CPA profession is currently in the process of reviewing all legacy agreements. Until the reviews are completed, the legacy agreements with the international accounting bodies remain in place.

ACCA and CGA Canada Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

If you are a member in good standing of ACCA, U.K. you may qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (the “MRA”) between CGA Canada and ACCA, U.K. If you are admitted to CGA Ontario, you will be automatically admitted to CPA Ontario as a result of the unification of the accounting profession and become entitled to use the CPA, CGA designations in Ontario.

It is important to note that this MRA was scheduled to expire in July 2016, however, the deadline was extended indefinitely. All individuals who submit a complete application and fulfill the eligibility criteria before the expiry will be considered for admission under the MRA. 



Note: The MRA is not applicable to students or ACCA affiliates.Only ACCA Members.

Registration Eligibility
In order to qualify for admission to membership, you must:

Be a member in good standing of ACCA, U.K.;
Have obtained membership in ACCA by successfully completing the final part of the ACCA professional program and satisfying ACCA’s practical experience requirements (members who obtained membership in ACCA through an MRA with another professional body are not eligible under this MRA);
Have a degree from a recognized university if you were admitted in ACCA after December 31, 1997; and
Not have any outstanding ethics complaints, nor have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five years prior to submitting your application to CPA Ontario.
If you are a member in good standing of ACCA, U.K. but you do not meet the eligibility criteria set out in this MRA, you may be eligible to complete the CPA Certification Program via the Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada pathway.

How to Apply
To apply for admission to membership as a candidate under the MRA with ACCA, please send an email to ITAregistration@cpaontario.ca for an application form and a list of the documents required. Please note that you will be required to successfully complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law Course, an online course offered by CPA Canada. This course costs $495 plus applicable taxes. Information on how to register in this course will be included in our response to your email.

Note: ACCA members residing outside Canada should apply through CPA British Columbia at CGA-BCInternationalInquiries@bccpa.ca



Submission Instructions
All documentation must be provided in English. You are responsible to have documents officially translated if necessary. Your application will not be considered complete until all information and documentation has been received. It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete and accurate and is received by the Registrar.
Submit your application via email or regular mail. Information completed via affidavit and containing a notarial seal or commissioner stamp must be submitted in original form by regular mail.
E-mail: ITAregistration@cpaontario.ca
Mail: 69 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1B3 Attn: CPA Ontario Registrar’s Office
 Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be informed of the Registrar’s decision within four to six weeks.

Fees
DescriptionAdmission April 1 to September 30   -   October 1 to March 31

Initiation Fee


$500.00                                              $500.00

HST on Initiation Fee

$  65.00                                              $  65.00

CPA Ontario AMD

$580.00                                              $290.00

CPA Canada AMD          

$400.00                                              $200.00

HST on AMD      

$127.40                                             $  63.70

Total

$1,672.40                                        $1,118.70

After your application has been approved by the Registrar, you will be contacted to pay the one-time initiation fee and the Annual Membership Dues (AMD) for the current year. The total fee payable consists of the following

Below is the email which I received from ACCA Canada today. I thought that it may be of interest to some of you.


The Canadian CPA profession and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) are now in the process of negotiating a new agreement that sets out how members of each respective profession can obtain the designation of the other. The existing MRA will remain in place until April 30, 2021. For those of you who are members of the CPA profession who entered via the legacy MRA, please be assured that this change will have no impact on your ongoing membership with your CPA Provincial body and CPA Canada.BackgroundThe CGA Provincial Bodies and CGA Canada signed the existing Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in 2011. Upon unification of Canada's three individual accounting bodies in 2014, the commitments of each CGA body who was party to the agreement was transitioned to the new CPA body for that jurisdiction. With the exceptions of CPA Bermuda, which did not have a legacy CGA body, and CPA Quebec, which gave notice of termination to the ACCA on October 17, 2012, the new CPA bodies continued to honor the agreement. On April 8, 2020, CPA Canada sent ACCA a notice of termination of the MRA to terminate the MRA effective April 30, 2021. Following CPA Canada's termination of the agreement, we are now in the process of negotiating a new agreement that sets out how members of each respective profession can obtain the designation of the other. During this negotiation, the terms of the previous Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) will be respected for a one-year notice period until April 30th, 2021, and fully completed applications for membership under the MRA must be received by the applicable body by this date. Another 12 months will be provided to process those completed applications. Further information for ACCA members interested in applying to CPA Canada under the MRA is available at: www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/member/membership/mutual-memberships.html. The negotiation process between CPA Canada and ACCA toward a new agreement has already begun and will continue in the months to come. ACCA and CPA Canada have worked together on important initiatives during the past two years, including a significant joint research project on how accountants can help bridge the infrastructure gap, as well as co-operation on public sector activities. Each is committed to fostering global mobility for accountants and will continue to have pathways into their respective designations for internationally trained professional accountants. We will continue to keep all members informed about the status of our reciprocity agreements. A listing of all current reciprocal member recognition agreements available to ACCA members is available on our website here:www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/member/membership/mutual-memberships.html  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:ACCA: info.ca@accaglobal.comCPA: member.services@cpacanada.ca

The steps needed to become a Canadian CPA vary depending on the individual agreement. Below are the accounting bodies that have an existing MRA with legacy CGA-Canada, the application process and answers to common questions you may have throughout the process:
Please note that MRAs with CGA-Canada do not apply in the province of Quebec.

1 comment:

  1. Does This means a CICPA thansfer to ACCA, then transfer to Canada CPA doesn't work?
    Is there any shortcut for a CICPA become a Canada CPA?
    "Have obtained membership in ACCA by successfully completing the final part of the ACCA professional program and satisfying ACCA’s practical experience requirements (members who obtained membership in ACCA through an MRA with another professional body are not eligible under this MRA);

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