Public Accounting Licensing
Public Accountant Qualification Requirements of the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
The Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act was proclaimed in force effective October 17, 2011 and all not-for-profit corporations must make the transition by October 17, 2014. The requirements set out in the Act for qualification for appointment as a public accountant are of particular interest to members, firms and professional corporations who conduct, or wish to be appointed to conduct, audit or review engagements for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations. The Act requires that in order to be a public accountant of such a corporation, a person must:
A member in good standing of the Institute or a professional corporation registered with the Institute is required to meet the specific qualifications prescribed in Ontario’s Public Accounting Act, 2004 in order to be appointed as a public accountant to conduct an audit or review engagement for a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation in Ontario. This means that:
Corporations Canada, a branch of Industry Canada, has posted information on the transition plan for the new Act on its website. Inquiries regarding the implementation of the new Act should be directed to Corporations Canada via the “Contact Us” link on their website.