Unifying the Profession in BC as CPA
On May 9, 2013, CGA-BC, the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC (CMA BC), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC) signed an agreement to pursue a merger. The three self-regulated accounting professions are working to unite under the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation.
Together, they will work with the provincial government to enact CPA legislation, legally merge, and establish CPABC, which will be one of the largest professional organizations in the province.
See how the merger is progressing in BC and across Canada.
CGAs advise businesses throughout B.C. and around the world in industry, commerce, finance, government, public practice and other areas where accounting and financial management is required. Their clients range from major corporations and industries to entrepreneurs.
CGAs' expertise is based on:
- Full-time, on-the-job experience that starts as a CGA student
- Rigorous professional training that emphasizes real-world business cases
- A minimum academic requirement of a bachelor’s degree upon certification
- The highest standards of ethical conduct
- An ongoing professional development requirement.
CGAs work all across Canada, as well as in Bermuda, the Caribbean, China, and Hong Kong. In addition, CGAs have expanded their opportunities through agreements with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the world's largest accounting body and CPA Australia. Members of one body can become members of the other. For CGAs this means extending the portability of their skills to 170 countries.
In total, there are more than 75,000 CGAs and students worldwide.
Effective April 1, 2009, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) came into effect. The terms of TILMA and AIT provide for labour mobility for Certified General Accountants throughout Canadian jurisdictions.
If you are a CGA from another Canadian jurisdiction, you may qualify for recognition in CGA-BC. The application requirements include:
If you have any questions regarding the transfer of your CGA-BC membership to another Canadian affiliate, please contact [ecombrinck#cga-bc,org]Elize Combrinck, (604) 732-1211 or 1 (800) 565-1211 ext. 229.