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MRA - CGA Canada and CPA Australia


We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications and enquiries for additional information from Internationally Trained Accountants and this is causing delays in our response time. Please be advised that the minimum application processing time is 12 weeks. Thank you for your patience.

MRA - CGA Canada and CPA Australia

If you are a member in good standing of CPA Australia, you may qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (the “MRA”) between CGA Canada and CPA Australia. If you are admitted to CGA Ontario, you will be automatically admitted to CPA Ontario, as a result of unification of the accounting profession and become entitled to use the CPA, CGA designations in Ontario.

Note: The MRA is not applicable to students or CPA Australia affiliates.

Registration Eligibility

In order to qualify for admission to membership, you must:

  • Be a member in good standing of CPA Australia; and
  • Have been admitted to CPA Australia through successful completion of one of the following:
  1. an accounting degree approved by CPA Australia and the CPA Program including the practical experience requirement; or
  2. a non-accounting degree and:
    1. an appropriate accounting conversion course approved by CPA Australia; and
    2. the CPA Program including the practical experience requirement.
  • Have not joined CPA Australia through an MRA with another accounting body;
  • Are not the subject of a current investigation or referral to a hearing regarding professional conduct; and
  • Have not been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five (5) years prior to submitting an application to CPA Ontario.

    How to Apply

    To apply for admission to membership as a candidate under the MRA with CPA Australia, please send an email to for an application form and a list of the documents required. Please note that you will be required to successfully complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law Course, an online course offered by CPA Canada.  This course costs $495 plus applicable taxes. Information on how to register in this course will be included in our response to your email.

    Submission Instructions

    All documentation must be provided in English. You are responsible to have documents officially translated if necessary.

    Your application will not be considered complete until all information and documentation has been received. It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete and accurate and is received by the Registrar.

    Submit your application via email or regular mail. Information completed via affidavit and containing a notarial seal or commissioner stamp must be submitted in original form by regular mail.
     CPA Ontario
    69 Bloor Street East
    Toronto, ON M4W 1B3
    Attention: Registrar’s Office

     Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be informed of the Registrar’s decision within four to six weeks.


    After your application has been approved by the Registrar, you will be contacted to pay the one-time initiation fee and the Annual Membership Dues (AMD) for the current year. The total fees payable consist of the following:

    Appeal Rights

    A decision of the Registrar not to register or reregister an individual or to deregister an individual may be appealed to the Membership Committee. The parties to an appeal are the individual appealing and the Registrar. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the CPA Ontario Rules of Practice and Procedure. The decision of the Membership Committee is final.

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