History and mission

The Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA) is a professional order representing members of an "exclusive profession" as defined by the Professional Code, that is an organization dedicated primarily to the protection of the public. To this end, the CPA Order, like the 45 other professional orders in Quebec, must carry out specific functions related to issuing permits to new members, updating the Roll of the Order, monitoring the practice of the profession and detecting illegal practice. It must also comply with a set of operating rules imposed by the Professional Code.   

The CPA Order was created in May 2012 following the unification of the accounting profession in Quebec. It results from a merger of the Ordre des comptables agréés (CA), the Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités (CGA) and the Ordre des comptables en management accrédités (CMA). The Order thus represents all the areas of expertise of the profession—assurance, financial accounting, management and management accounting, finances and taxation —at the service of enterprises, organizations and the public.

The CPA Order has 38,000 members and 5,600 future CPAs. By combining its distinctive forces under a single order, the Quebec accounting profession strengthens its position both nationally and internationally.

2015-2017 strategic directions

The CPA Order’s strategic thinkers were deep in thought until the beginning of the year, contemplating the future of the profession and the best strategy for positioning it effectively in the market with employers, members, students and influencers, political authorities and the general public. This rigorous thought process allowed the Order to reiterate its purpose and its mission and decide the strategic directions that will guide its activities in the next 2 years within 6 areas of focus: protection of the public, qualification, member relations, promotion of the CPA brand, governance and organizational management and societal role.

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In accordance with Quebec’s Professional Code, the purpose of the Ordre des CPA du Québec is to ensure the protection of the public with regards to the practice of the CPA profession, as set out in the Chartered Professional Accountants Act.

The Ordre des CPA du Québec helps its members excel with a view to optimizing the performance, profit and growth of the patrimony of a person, business or organization, promoting sound governance and accountability, and increasing information reliability. It also strives to enhance the visibility of the profession in order to contribute to Quebec’s economic and social development.


CPAs are recognized for their integrity, skills and leadership. They excel in organizations and are seen as the reference when it comes to optimizing the performance, profit and growth of the patrimony of a person, business or organization, as well as in matters of sound governance and accountability. They are recognized as key players in Quebec’s economic and social development.


The CPA profession inspires confidence and demonstrates leadership by embodying the following values: integrity, excellence, rigour, commitment and open-mindedness.