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

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.

Registration Deadline:

June 6, 2022


Eligibility:

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

Submit 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.

Positions are available for both members and non-members. Board members are appointed to an initial one-year term and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional three-year terms.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing
Submit application

Public Representative Positions:

Practice Inspection Committee

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

To find out more about the Practice inspection, visit the Practice Inspection Committee page.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

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

Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) is responsible for reviewing complaints of professional misconduct to determine if a breach of the CPA Code of Professional Conduct (“the Code”) and Student Code of Conduct (“the Student Code”) has occurred.

The Committee is appointed by CPA Ontario’s Council and is comprised of both members and non-members.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing with CPA Ontario with 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

Public Representative Positions:

  • must be a non-member with prior experience serving on a Board (or equivalent committee), ideally within a regulatory or compliance environment
  • contact the PCC Recruitment Team for more information

Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee

The Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee identifies and addresses the common needs of members in small and medium practices and helps promote their interests.

Small and medium practices range from sole practitioners to larger, multi-partner, non-national firms that provide public accounting services and/or accounting services to the public as defined by CPA Ontario’s By-law.

The committee is comprised of up to 15 representatives from small and medium practices across Ontario and includes both members with and without a public accounting licence. Each committee year runs from September to August and a representative may not serve for more than two consecutive three-year terms.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing
  • must not sit on any other standing or advisory committee of CPA Ontario simultaneously
  • must be with a practicing office that is registered and in good standing with CPA Ontario
  • members from national firms do not qualify

Submit application

Adjudicative Tribunals Committees

Volunteer positions are available on four Adjudicative Tribunals committees:

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

For more information on each of the committees, visit the Adjudicative Tribunals page.

Positions are available for both members and non-members.

Committee members are appointed for a one-year term and can be reappointed for a maximum of three additional, three-year terms. CPA Ontario Council may extend the maximum term of a committee member in extraordinary circumstances.

Registration: Ongoing

Eligibility:

  • must be a member in good standing with no outstanding discipline actions against them
  • must have a public accounting license
  • should be representative of CPA Ontario’s membership by occupation and geographic location

Submit application

Public Representative Positions:

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.

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