Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario’s Chartered Professional Accountants, students in the CPA program, applicants and firms. CPA Ontario protects the public interest through the promotion of the CPA profession’s high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its code of professional conduct. CPA Ontario works in partnership with the other provincial CPA bodies and CPA Canada to develop national standards and programs that are used as examples around the world.
Throughout their professional careers, Ontario CPAs are subject to ongoing regulation and oversight to protect the public interest, such as:
- Complying with the CPA Code of Professional Conduct.
- Meeting mandatory, annual continuing professional development requirements.
- Being subject to public oversight and discipline mechanisms.
CPAs providing accounting services to the public, or public accounting services, must do so through registered firms that are subject to practice inspections and ongoing professional liability insurance requirements.
To support its oversight activities, CPA Ontario has a comprehensive complaints investigation and discipline process. Complaints and other matters concerning the professional conduct of members, students, applicants and firms are dealt with on a timely basis.