Welcome to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario).
At CPA Ontario, we are a regulator, educator, provider, advocate and thought leader. We ensure that our more than 94,000 members and 22,000 students meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide certifications, continued training and learning for the profession. We serve our members and students with a commitment to quality and efficient delivery. We champion the interests of our profession with the business community. And we develop cutting-edge ideas and thinking that evolve the profession. CPAs represent a globally recognized, premium designation. Our Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations in all industries for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills, global perspectives and leadership.
CPA Ontario’s strategic priorities include attracting a pipeline of new entrants to the profession, building member connectivity, maintaining high standards and creating a strong brand. As an organization, we are guided by a set of core values and behaviors that are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other, and how we represent ourselves.
We protect the public. We advance our profession. We guide our CPAs. We are CPA Ontario. For more information, visit us at cpaontario.ca
Our primary purpose is to protect the public interest. We attract people who share our values and believe in our purpose — those of exceptional ethical character who do the right thing not just because it’s paramount but because it’s also in their nature. Above all, we are trusted to ensure students and members meet our profession’s standards and embrace our code of conduct.
Ontario’s accounting profession has a long and proud history dating back to 1879. From the province’s origins as an agricultural society to its emergence as an economic powerhouse, designated accountants have played a key role in shaping Ontario’s progress. The profession’s history bridges all of this province’s major milestones.
Ontario accountants have a proven track record of innovation and reform but one thing has remained constant throughout: a commitment to ethics and integrity, internationally recognized high standards and protection of the public interest.
In 2014, Ontario’s Certified General Accountants (CGAs), Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), and Chartered Accountants (CAs) took a major step forward by uniting together as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), advancing their commitment to the public and the profession.
OUR CORE VALUES AND BEHAVIOUR
The following values and behaviours are key to CPA Ontario’s culture. They are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other and how we represent ourselves.
- Think and act with a student and member-first mindset while protecting the public interest.
- Always strive for the highest levels of professionalism.
- Be open-minded and nimble as we adapt to an evolving environment.
- Strive for personal accountability in everything we do.
- Act with integrity at all times, in all situations.
- Adopt a “one company” mindset, collaborating across functional lines.
- Align activities and efforts to focus on results and outcomes.