Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Representing more than 71,000 Chartered Accountants in Canada and Bermuda, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) is an internationally respected organization with a clear vision of enhancing the relevance, attractiveness and pre-eminence of the CA profession.

In partnership with the CA Provincial Institutes/Ordre, CICA provides leadership to its members and the public at large through education, research and guidance.

The Institute also serves to establish and preserve industry standards and practices – and ensures that all its members uphold these principles.

A clearly defined mission.

The CICA has a clearly defined Mission Statement designed to ensure it is always serving the interests of society, the CA profession, and its members. It reads as follows:
  • Enhancing the quality and credibility of financial and other information produced and used in the private and public sectors for measuring and enhancing organizational performance;
  • Helping our members add value to their customers/employers by providing, in harmony with provincial institutes/ordre, market information and professional services and products;
  • Offering a reliable and respected source of public policy advice and comment.

CICA also serves a valuable international role, representing Canadian Chartered Accountants around the globe and promoting consistent and high-quality standards. CAs are the only professional accountants in Canada with reciprocity agreements across the world, including the leading accounting organizations in the United States and Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, England and Wales, France, Belgium and Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan.

CICA milestones

  • 1902: CICA was established in as the Dominion Association of Chartered Accountants (DACA).
  • 1922: First Canadian women receive the CA designation.
  • 1927: Common uniform qualifying examination first proposed by DACA, supported by all provinces except Quebec.
  • 1939: Standardized uniform qualifying examination implemented in all provinces except Quebec.
  • 1951: DACA changes name to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and adopts a French name - l'Institut Canadien des Comptables Agréés
  • 1954: Uniform qualifying examination extended to Quebec 1968: CICA Handbook incorporating Canadian accounting standards, first produced.
  • 1977: CICA becomes a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants.
  • 2004: Proposed merger between CICA and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada failed through lack of support.


The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

277 Wellington Street West
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H2

T: 416-977-3222
F: 416-977-8585