Historically there have been three accounting designations in Canada: Certified General Accountant (CGA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). In early 2013, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and CMA Canada merged to create a new national organization called CPA Canada. CGA-Canada is scheduled to integrate its operations with CPA Canada in the fall of 2014.
Integration is complicated because, in Canada, professional certification is regulated by dozens of provincial and territorial accounting bodies, and legislative change is still needed in most jurisdictions. At this time, all CGA associations are either in discussions or have decided to integrate with the CA and CMA bodies in their province or territory. Many are no longer accepting new students into the CGA program. For more information on becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) click here.
Last Updated: February 2014