The Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA): The internationally recognized accounting designation

Canadian CPA grads are in demand across the globe.


There are thousands of Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) working around the world, predominately in the United States, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. The fact that the Canadian CPA is one of the world’s largest and most respected designations means that a Canadian CPA could be your opportunity to travel, work and consult globally. The Canadian CPA takes you further.

International leader

CPA Canada issues international tax guidance and thought leadership on a variety of technical matters, publishes professional literature and develops education and professional certification programs. We also promote standard setting and international policy through support of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®), International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants® (IESBA®) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

We are also involved with the Global Accounting Alliance, through which our members gain reciprocity and mobility.

In addition, we contribute to the Association of Chartered Accountants in the U.S. (ACAUS) — an organization that provides support to Canadian CPAs who are living and working in the United States.

Local recognition

In the Caribbean, CPA Canada is an affiliate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC). Further, CPA Canada has been recognized as an approved professional body for the admission of its members into the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in the following territories:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (ICATT)

Recognition pending:

  • Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize (ICAB)
  • Institute of Charted Accountants of Guyana (ICAG)
  • Instituted of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ)