The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is the training, governing, and regulatory body for over 37,000 CPA members and 5,000 CPA students.
The Canadian CPA is the pre-eminent, globally respected business and accounting designation.
CPABC is the training, governing, and regulatory body for over 37,000 CPA members and 5,000 CPA students.
CPABC carries out its primary mission to protect the public by enforcing the highest professional and ethical standards and contributing to the advancement of public policy.
CPAs are on the front lines of business in BC, and they see firsthand the issues that are affecting investment and the economy. Our members advise multinational corporations, small businesses, not-for-profits, government agencies, and countless individuals. They are highly regarded for their leadership in the field of public accounting, their strategic insight in the boardrooms of top corporations, and their guidance in government and public sector accounting.
Each provincial CPA body is a member organization of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), which represents more than 210,000 professional accountants across the country and around the world.
Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) has a rolling Three-Year Strategic Plan that is refreshed annually, to ensure the organization remains on course to deliver on the CPABC Vision, and incorporates the following five strategic pillars:
Protecting the Public
Under the Chartered Professional Accountants Act, CPABC has the responsibility to regulate all matters, including competency, fitness and professional conduct, relating to the practice of accounting by members, students, professional accounting corporations and registered firms; CPABC is also required to establish and enforce professional standards.
CPABC protects the public interest by:
- setting and enforcing high professional and ethical standards
- promoting and increasing competence of members by providing a comprehensive program of ongoing professional development
- assessing the continuing competency of members
- enforcing practice standards and rules of professional conduct of students and members
- providing a means by which complaints can be dealt with in a fair and efficient way by investigating and adjudicating complaints
With respect to the last point, two CPABC regulatory committees have been established to address these complaints: the Investigation Committee and the Disciplinary Committee. A description of these committees may be viewed here.
A description of CPABC’s Ethics Investigation and Discipline Process may be viewed here.