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Public Accounting Licensing 


We have been granted authorization by the Public Accountants Council (PAC) to license and govern our members in the practice of public accounting.

A member in good standing of CPA Ontario (whether a legacy CMA, CGA or CA) is eligible to apply for a public accounting licence when the member has met the educational, study, practical experience, examination and other requirements, as set out in the regulations of CPA Ontario.  

Apply for a new licence

Members who are not currently licensed may apply for a public accounting licence by completing an application, paying a prescribed fee and fulfilling additional requirements above and beyond membership requirements in order to obtain and maintain a public accounting licence. The application package (Form 9-1A) and fee amount may be accessed at:  Application for Public Accounting Licence.

For more details on the Public Accounting Licensure requirements, refer to Regulation 9-1 or Licensing FAQs.

Renew your licence

Public accounting licences are renewed on an annual basis to cover the period November 1 through October 31. A member who holds an existing public accounting licence is eligible to apply for renewal, by completing the online Public Accounting Licence Renewal Declarations and paying the annual renewal fee. For additional information, please refer to the following notice: Important Notice-Renewal Requirements.

Apply for a certificate of authorization for your Professional Corporation

A professional corporation that is not currently authorized to practise public accounting may apply for a certificate of authorization. For more information please refer to:: Registration of Professional Corporation.