VANCOUVER, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) welcomes the dispute resolution
panel's report released yesterday that confirms the government of
Ontario must abide by their internal trade commitments and recognize
the qualifications of out-of-province CGAs on the basis of mutual
The panel was formed to address a complaint made by the Government of
Manitoba under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The governments
of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan supported the challenge
as intervenors. These governments launched the challenge on the grounds
that the Ontario regime causes or has caused injury to CGAs, impaired
internal trade and was not justified to meet a legitimate objective.
The panel report came at the conclusion of a comprehensive dispute
resolution process which began almost 15 months ago.
The panel further recommended that Ontario comply with its AIT
commitments by April 15, 2012 and remove any barriers for
out-of-province CGAs. Once this is done, CGAs outside of Ontario will
be able to provide public accounting services to clients who require
their services in Ontario. The outcome is momentous for CGAs, as it now
removes the final barrier to mobility for CGAs authorized to practice
public accounting in their home jurisdictions to practice anywhere in
Canada. CGA-Canada calls on the Ontario government to fully implement
the panel's recommendations by the deadline.
"This is the third time an independent panel has confirmed CGAs right to
practice public accounting anywhere in Canada. This is equally
important for all professionals in Canada as it confirms mobility
rights," says Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO of CGA-Canada.
"Canada's political leaders deserve credit for continually improving
the AIT in order to make it an effective tool for promoting the free
movement of goods and services throughout the country."
CGA-Canada encourages political leaders to keep up the momentum by
completing work on reforming the person-to-government dispute
resolution process to make it more accessible and effective for
individual Canadians, businesses and organizations.
The panel decision is subject to an appeal by the Ontario government.
To view a copy of the panel's report, visit: www.ait-aci.ca
Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
serves 75,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and
more than 90 countries. Respected accounting and financial management
professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public
practice. CGA-Canada establishes the designation's certification
requirements and professional standards, offers professional
development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally.
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