Serving the Public
As the governing body of a self-regulating profession, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has a responsibility to protect the public interest by ensuring that all members, students, professional corporations and firms observe high professional and ethical standards. This responsibility is met through a program of inter-related activities that includes:
The Institute is not a forum for resolving disputes between our members and their clients or other parties. In accordance with our mandate under the Chartered Accountants Act, 2010 (Ontario), we review the conduct of members for compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct (which include both competence and ethical standards) and bylaws of the Institute.
The Institute does not have the power to compel a member, student, professional corporation or firm to pay monies or to perform acts in relation to third parties. These powers are exercised by the courts. Similarly, disputes in respect of fees, unless satisfied through the operation of the Institute's fees mediation service, are determined by the courts.
Complaints against members, students, firms and professional corporations must be in writing and accompanied by the ICAO Complaints Outline Form and should be directed to the Institute’s Standards Enforcement service area by:
Mail: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
69 Bloor Street East
Toronto ON M4W 1B3
Phone: 416-962-1841 x 480
For more information on the Complaints Process please review the Standards Enforcement and Disciplinary Process Pamphlet.