Chartered Accountant (CA)
Working in Ontario
You must be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in order to use the title “Chartered Accountant” or to use the “CA” designation in Ontario. Under the Public Accountancy Act, membership in the Institute is ordinarily required to obtain a licence to practice public accounting and to do most types of audit work in Ontario. Chartered Accountants also hold positions in business, commerce, industry, government, and education.
Accounting in Ontario
It is important to understand that accounting in Ontario covers a wide variety of work. For some types of work, strict regulation and special qualifications are required. Designations such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) are separate from Chartered Accountant (CA) and have different professional bodies, qualification requirements, and areas of practice.
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Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) to create a Career Map for internationally trained chartered accountants. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including the language requirements, industry trends, labour market conditions, credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Laurentian UniversityProject North/Nord
This program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting and finance obtain licensure and find jobs in their fields. The program includes technical skills upgrading, language, culture and workplace communications skills training. Through this program, participants will be able to begin to develop a network with employers to help them advance into job placement. Services will be provided in both English and French.
Ryerson UniversityInternational Accounting and Finance Professionals (IAFP) Program
This program helps internationally trained accountants and financial professionals obtain licensure and find jobs in Ontario. This program includes occupation-specific language support, academic training, workplace culture and communication assessment and training. Participants also have access to mentorships, and work placements, in order to get the Canadian work experience needed to practice in Ontario. Outcomes for participants will be professional development, which leads to employment and advancement towards certification.
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, Inc.Financial Management Certificate Program
This one-year program, offered by the University of Windsor - Odette School of Business in partnership with the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Ontario, helps internationally trained individuals obtain employment in the finance sector. The program offers academic training that bridges international experience to Canadian business practices. The courses offered through this program also fulfill the academic prerequisites for writing the CMA National Entrance Examination and the Level 2 Certified General Accountants Examination.
York UniversityBridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals
The Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting, business, finance, management, marketing, public administration and information technology find employment in their field of expertise. The program provides training in Canadian business culture and communication, occupation-specific language training, and technical upgrading in participants’ area of professional focus. Participants also receive career coaching and opportunities to connect with employers through mentoring, networking and internships. Participants who complete the program can earn a certificate from York University.
See also: Bridge training programs in the financial services sector.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
69 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1B3
Toll Free (in Canada and the U.S.A.) 1-800-387-0735
To learn about the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), contact:
Toll Free: 1-800-268-3793
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.
To learn about careers in the financial services sector in Toronto, visit the Financial Services Career Advisor website. The site was developed by the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (Toronto Financial Services Alliance).