Volunteer Opportunities

We offer members meaningful volunteer opportunities to help guide and advance the profession within CPA Ontario. Match your interests and skill sets at every stage of your CPA journey by supporting our work through boards, committees, student development and other initiatives.

Volunteering is a chance to do valuable work, give back to your communities and to create a strong CPA network.

Volunteer with us

Join one of CPA Ontario’s programs or committees.

Unless applicants indicate otherwise, resumes will be kept on file for two years. For committee applicants, only those short-listed will be contacted.

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

Tax Preparation Assistance Program volunteers prepare tax returns for thousands of eligible individuals and families free of charge. Pay forward your expertise and help those in need to obtain valuable tax refunds and credits.

Registration: Fall

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing
  • experience filing tax returns is an asset

Give back

Capstone 1 Volunteers

Registration Deadline:

June 6, 2022


Opportunity:

Help students work towards their CPA designation by volunteering as a panel member for the final assessment of the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) Capstone 1 Oral Board Report.

CPA Ontario Members in good standing can volunteer for presentation days in July (2 & 3) and earn CPD hours. Presentations will be conducted virtually. Volunteers will be required to assess presentations, conduct Q&A sessions, complete evaluation forms, and provide feedback to students. All volunteers will be asked to commit for at least one full day.

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing with CPA Ontario
  • must not be a Capstone 1 session leader or facilitator


Submit Your Application

Public Accounting Licensing Board

The Public Accounting Licensing Board is responsible for matters relating to public accounting licences, certificates of authorization and the practice of public accounting. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, overseeing CPA Ontario’s licensing standards, responsibilities, functions and processes. Board members are appointed for an initial term of one year and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional three-year terms.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • member in good standing
  • must hold a valid Public Accounting Licence or have held one within the past five years

Public representative positions are also available. To find out more, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

Submit application

Practice Inspection Committee

The Practice Inspection Committee assesses compliance with professional standards of all practising offices and takes appropriate follow-up or remedial action when necessary. Members are appointed annually for an initial term of one year and are eligible for reappointment up to a total of six years.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing, in a public accounting practice that includes audit, review and compilation engagements
  • member must hold a Public Account Licence

 

More information

Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) is responsible for reviewing complaints of professional misconduct to determine whether a breach of the CPA Code of Professional Conduct (“the Code”) and Student Code of Conduct (“the Student Code”) may have taken place.

The Committee is appointed by CPA Ontario’s Council and is comprised of volunteer members of the profession and public representatives.

To find out more, please contact the PCC Recruitment team.

Public representative positions are also available.

Eligibility for members of the profession:

  • a member in good standing with CPA Ontario having seven or more years of post-qualification experience.

Desirable:

  • occupy a senior role and/or have extensive and demonstrable knowledge of any (or all of) technical accounting, taxation, and assurance subject matter expertise
  • a senior manager, director, partner (or equivalent) role in a CPA firm whose clientele includes a variety of assurance, accounting and/or tax engagements
  • a senior financial professional and/or executive 

Submit application

Eligibility for non-members of the profession:

  • a non-member, with prior experience serving on a Board (or equivalent Committee), ideally within a regulatory or compliance environment.

Apply as Public Representative

Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee

The Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteer practitioners. The Committee identifies and addresses the common needs of members in small and medium practices and promotes their interests. The committee will include up to 15 representatives from small and medium practices across Ontario, and include both members with and without a public accounting licence. Each committee year runs from September to August. A representative may not serve on the Committee for more than two consecutive three-year terms.

Eligibility:

  • member in good standing
  • must not sit on any other standing or advisory committee of CPA Ontario simultaneously
  • must be with a practising office that is registered and in good standing with CPA Ontario.
  • the criteria for classification as a small and medium practice include:
    • practice structures ranging from sole practitioners to larger, multi-partner, non-national firms (members from national firms do not qualify)
    • practices that provide public accounting services and/or accounting services to the public as defined by CPA Ontario’s By-law


Submit application

Adjudicative Tribunals Committees

There are volunteer positions within four committees which comprise the CPA Ontario’s Adjudicative Tribunals:

  • Administration and Registration Committee
  • Discipline Committee
  • Appeal Committee
  • Capacity Committee

Committee members will be appointed for a one-year term and will be eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional three-year terms. CPA Ontario Council may extend the maximum term of a Committee member in extraordinary circumstances. Visit our page on the different committees for more information.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing with no outstanding discipline actions against them
  • relevant adjudicative experience is an asset

Committee members shall generally be representative of CPA Ontario’s membership by occupation and geographic location and shall include public accounting licensees.

If you are a member of the public who wishes to volunteer, please email [email protected] and we will provide you with the necessary information. 

Submit application

Mentoring

As a CPA Ontario member, you can provide guidance to CPA students as they complete their practical experience. Mentors help students develop essential communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills and set a standard for teamwork, leadership and ethical behaviour. This sharing of knowledge and experience helps the new generation of accounting professionals develop the skills they need to succeed.

Recruitment: Ongoing

Eligibility:

 

Mentor

Inspire a future CPA

Are you a proud CPA interested in volunteering to inspire and influence the next generation of CPAs? There are many opportunities available working with our Student Recruitment Team. Opportunities include keynote speaking, panel discussions, networking events and competition judging.

Recruitment: Ongoing

Eligibility:

CPAs interested in volunteering can be added to our volunteer database by completing the survey below. Our CPA Ontario Student Recruitment Team will reach out when relevant volunteer opportunities become available.  

Thank you for your interest. Our volunteer page is under construction, but we want to hear from you! Please email us at [email protected]