While CMA organizations in most provinces have indicated willingness to work toward a merger with CAs, CMA Ontario has previously been a holdout, leaving a potentially major gap in the combination of the two accounting bodies.
The two organizations have proposed creating a new Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, streamlining a complex array of professional designations.
The national bodies for CMAs and CAs have already reached an agreement to create a new organization as of Jan. 1 to oversee the CPA Canada designation. Because accounting is provincially regulated, however, accounting bodies in each province must also agree to merge before the CPA designation can be adopted in each jurisdiction.
The four accounting designations – CA, CMA, CGA and now CPA – will all be in existence for some time as the mergers unfold, and as long as any provinces do not join.