NOTICE TO FOREIGN ACCOUNTING DESIGNATION HOLDERS
RESTRICTION ON THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF CPA, CA, CMA, & CGA IN CANADA
The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada prohibits the use of foreign accounting designations (CPA, CA, CMA & CGA) by its members holding RPA and APA designations. Use of these designations on their business cards, letterheads, marketing brochures, websites, and social media if residing in Canada and/or working in Canada is not allowed.
From the CPA Canada:
Under subsection 29(1) of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Act 2017 (the ‘Act’). No individual other than a members of CPA Ontario may take or use the designation “Chartered Accountant”, “Chartered Professional Accountant” or the initials “CA”, “CMA”, “CGA” or “CPA” (with or without periods). Whether alone or combined or intermixed in any manner with any other words or abbreviations, or take or use any term, title, initials, designation or description implying that the individual is a Chartered Accountant or Chartered Professional Accountant or otherwise hold himself or herself out as such Persons who breach this provision may be found liable under subsection 30(1) of the Act to a fine of up to $10,000 for the first offense and a fine of up to $25,000 for each subsequent offense.
If any RPA or APA member found in breach of this provision, The SPAC will not be legally responsible for his/her actions and Society may take disciplinary actions against the member. Member will personally be liable for all the disciplinary and legal actions against him/her on this breach.