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Agreements with other bodies

CIMA is working with a number of organisations around the world to promote management accounting. Two agreements give reciprocal membership to CPA Australia members and CMA Canada members.

CPA Australia

Find out more about the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which we have with CPA Australia. 

General notice to CPA and CIMA members
The Canadian CPA profession and CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) are in the process of negotiating a new agreement that sets out how members of each respective profession can obtain the designation of the other. 

The existing mutual recognition agreement (MRA) will remain in place until July 15, 2021.

Background
The CMA Provincial Bodies and CMA Canada signed the existing MRA with CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) in 2012. Upon unification of Canada’s three individual accounting bodies in 2014, the commitments of each CMA body that was party to the agreement was transitioned to the new CPA body for that jurisdiction. With the exceptions of CPA Bermuda, which did not have a legacy CMA body, and CPA Quebec, which gave notice of termination to the CIMA in 2012, the new CPA bodies continued to honour the agreement. The existing MRA expired in 2019.

We are negotiating a new agreement that sets out how members of each respective profession can obtain the designation of the other. The process is anticipated to continue for many months.

During this negotiation, the terms of the previous MRA will be respected for a three-month notice period until July 15, 2021 and fully completed applications for membership under the MRA must be received by the applicable provincial or territorial body by this date. Another 12 months will be provided for the various accounting bodies to process those completed applications.  

Please note CIMA members who completed the fast track routes (including IFAC recognition and experiential routes) that were not in existence and not anticipated by the original MRA are not eligible to become a Canadian CPA under the legacy MRA rules.

CIMA and CPA are committed to fostering global mobility for accountants and will continue to have pathways into their respective designations for internationally trained professional accountants. We will continue to keep all members informed about the status of our reciprocity agreements.

We will continue to keep all members informed about the status of our reciprocity agreements. A listing of all current reciprocal agreements is available at https://www.cimaglobal.com/Members/Your-Membership-Information/Agreements-and-other-bodies/

Please access our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
CIMA: Cima.contact@aicpa-cima.com 
CPA: member.services@cpacanada.ca

Updated April 16, 2021