Memorandum of Understanding between Canadian CPA bodies and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan

TORONTO, April 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Call it a milestone for the Canadian accounting profession.

A new Memorandum of Understanding between Canada's Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) bodies and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) marks the first such agreement for the recently unified Canadian profession.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Reciprocal Membership Arrangements (MOU) specifies the criteria by which members of one body are eligible for membership in the other. It was signed by the Canadian profession's national body, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), on behalf of the CPA provincial and territorial bodies and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda, which has a long affiliation with the Canadian CPA profession.   

The MOU ensures that Canadian qualification standards are maintained while recognizing substantial equivalency in the core knowledge requirements of both countries. ICAP members looking to become Canadian CPAs are required to pass CPA Canada's Common Final Examination (CFE) which is offered annually each September. 

"International labour mobility and foreign credential recognition are required in today's global economy," says Joy Thomas, president and CEO, CPA Canada. "Streamlining the recognition process helps to integrate highly skilled professional accountants more quickly into the Canadian workforce and aligns with Canada's strategy to attract top talent in support of strengthening the country's capacity for innovation and productivity."

The MOU also assists Canadian CPAs seeking opportunities in emerging marketplaces such as Pakistan.

CPA legacy bodies had about 20 agreements with international accounting bodies and the majority of these are expected to be renegotiated on behalf of the unified profession by the end of 2017.  

About CPA Canada
The new Canadian designation, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), is now used by Canada's accounting profession across the country. The profession's national body, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), is one of the largest in the world with more than 200,000 members, both at home and abroad. The Canadian CPA was created with the unification of three legacy accounting designations (CA, CGA and CMA). CPAs are valued for their financial and tax expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. CPA Canada conducts research into current and emerging business issues and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for business, not-for-profit organizations and government. CPA Canada also issues guidance and thought leadership on a variety of technical matters, publishes professional literature and develops education and professional certification programs.


For further information: Media Inquiries: Tobin Lambie, Principal, Media, CPA Canada, Telephone: 416-204-3228, Mobile: 647-302-3761,; Qualification Inquiries: Andrea Sewell, Manager, Education Information and Communications, Education Services, CPA Canada, Telephone: 416-204-3299,


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