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The profession in the digital age

In the practice of their profession, chartered professional accountants commonly use new technologies and technology-based media, as well as hosting and cloud services, which raises a number of regulatory and ethical challenges.

In response to this situation and in order to properly document the issues involved, in the last few months, the Order has undertaken work that will culminate in a major reform of the Code of ethics of CPAs and the Règlement sur la tenue des dossiers et des cabinets de consultation et sur la cessation d’exercice d’un membre de l’Ordre des CPA (in French only), which is expected to take effect in 2018. As a result, a working group on virtual practices and information technologies was formed to assist the Order in gathering information. 

This work is part of a broader discussion on how the Order intends to guide the CPAs through the changes impacting the profession. Various working groups are contributing to the development of an action plan to identify the ways in which CPAs and the profession can go digital.

CPAs sought

As part of its strategic thinking process, the Order is looking for CPAs wishing to share their expertise and help the profession achieve its digital transformation. These CPAs could be invited to take part in several Order initiatives and to share their front-line experience by participating in various task forces.

Required expertise and experience

  • An understanding of the general issues involved in the transition to the digital economy
  • An understanding of the specific issues facing the accounting profession
  • Knowledge of major trends and competition that influence the CPA profession
  • Experience in transforming businesses (especially in finance and management), firms of advisory services
  • Knowledge of the CPA education program and a solid understanding of the training model required to maintain CPA competencies
  • Experience in information security

Do you have the sought-after profile? Let us know if you are interested!


Are your practices up to date?

Whether you work in public practice, in industry, alone or for a government organization, you should consider these issues and find out whether your practices meet the highest standards. The self-diagnosis tool on the use of information technologies can help you assess the extent to which your practices are current and take the necessary corrective measures in view of the new regulatory provisions.


In 2017, a guide on good practices will be published. The Order will then offer a training workshop to help you adapt your methods in anticipation of the adoption of the new regulatory provisions in 2018.

Turnkey cloud computing service offer

Turnkey cloud computing services ensuring information security and featuring messaging, desktop and document storage applications will be offered to members of the Order, in association with the Chambre des notaires du Québec and the Barreau du Québec.

The three orders will soon be launching a call for proposals to choose a partner capable of offering these services. Members of the three orders will be able to access the services selected at their discretion once they have signed a contract with the supplier.

Have expertise in that field?

If you wish to be invited to participate in this call for proposals as a potential supplier, please submit a written request to by July 27, 2017 to receive bidding instructions and the related documents, subject to the pre-signing of a confidentiality agreement.

The next steps, up to and including submission of proposals, will be posted shortly.