When Quebec’s accounting profession was unified in May 2012, the reciprocity and mutual recognition agreements which the legacy orders had previously concluded with foreign accounting bodies whose professional qualification requirements were deemed equivalent to Canadian and Quebec standards were transferred to the CPA Order. Some of these agreements are still in effect today.
If you are a professional from outside Canada and a member in good standing of an accounting body covered by a reciprocity agreement, the CPA Order may recognize your training and practical experience acquired abroad and grant you an equivalence for the CPA Professional Education Program, the period of practical experience and the Common Final Examination, subject to your passing refresher training and an evaluation. Your experience must be equivalent to the 24-month period of practical experience required in Quebec and meet Canadian standards. To have your practical experience recognized, you must provide the Order with all the information and documentation required.
Once you have met all the requirements to obtain an equivalence, you will become a member of the Quebec CPA Order and obtain the CPA designation.
Knowledge of the French language
Under the Charter of the French language, persons wishing to obtain a permit from a professional order must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of French, the official language in Quebec, to practice their profession appropriately. Learn more >
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)*
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI CA Ireland)
Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
Comité Mexicano para la Práctica Internacional de la Contaduría Pública (COMPIC)
Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
Institut des Réviseurs d’Entreprises de Belgique – Currently being renewed
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe – Currently being renewed
Instituto Méxicano de Contadores Públicos (IMCP)
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)*
Nederland Instituut van Register Accountants – Currently being renewed
Ordre des Experts-Comptables de France (OEC)
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
* You are required to pass the AICPA qualification examination(s). In addition, the State Board involved must have adopted reciprocity provisions allowing Quebec CPAs to obtain a CPA certificate and a license to practice.
State Boards of Accountancy
District of Columbia
** For these State Boards, passing the Common Final examination is required.
The conditions to obtain a public accountancy permit are not included in reciprocity agreements, apart from the Quebec-France agreement on mutual recognition, which is governed by a specific regulation. To learn about the specific conditions that apply, contact us at email@example.com.
Citizenship and immigration
Although it is not necessary to be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen to become a member of the Quebec CPA Order, you are required to comply with the conditions governing student stays and foreign workers established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Quebec’s ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.