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Our History

Our History

Ontario’s accounting profession has a long and proud history

History

Ontario’s accounting profession has a long and proud history dating back to 1879. From the province’s origins as an agricultural society to its emergence as an economic powerhouse, designated accountants have played a key role in shaping Ontario’s progress. The profession's history bridges all of this province’s major milestones.

Ontario accountants have a proven track record of innovation and reform but one thing has remained constant throughout: a commitment to ethics and integrity, internationally recognized high standards and protection of the public interest.

In 2014, Ontario's Certified General Accountants (CGAs), Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), and Chartered Accountants (CAs) took a major step forward by uniting together as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and CPA Ontario, advancing their commitment to the public and the profession.