Everything You Need to Know About a CPA in Ontario

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Ontario is a designation granted to accounting professionals who have met rigorous education, experience, and examination requirements. CPAs in Ontario are recognized for their expertise in financial reporting, taxation, audit, and business strategy, among other areas. Being a CPA shows you are skilled and professional in accounting. It is a respected qualification in the industry. 

Once certified, CPAs must maintain their professional competence by participating in continuing education and complying with professional ethics and standards.

A CPA is a financial advisor who helps people and businesses make a plan to reach their financial goals. Whether that goal is for a new home, opening a new office, or planning a multi-billion-dollar merger, CPAs can help.

Who Can They Work For?

CPAs in Ontario have the flexibility to work across a variety of industries and sectors. They can be employed by:

  • Public accounting firms hire CPAs to provide services such as audit, tax, and consulting to various clients. These clients can range from small businesses to large corporations.
  • Private Corporations: Many CPAs work within private companies, handling internal accounting functions such as financial reporting, budgeting, and internal auditing. They often hold positions like Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Controller, or Financial Analyst.
  • Government agencies hire CPAs to handle public funds, conduct audits, and ensure financial rules are followed at all government levels.
  • Non-profit Organizations: CPAs handle financial records, ensure compliance, and help with financial health through planning and analysis in non-profit organizations.
  • Educational Institutions: Some CPAs work in schools, teaching accounting and finance, doing research, and helping to advance accounting knowledge.


CPAs are professionals who analyze, make good decisions, communicate well, and protect the public interest. They are open-minded and forward-thinking. CPAs are chief financial officers for Fortune 500 companies and advisors to small neighbourhood business owners.

Ahmad Amaduddin, managing partner of AMI, CPA Professional Accounting Firm in Oakville, speaks on the phone about services offered by CPAs.


Services Offered by CPA’s

CPAs provide various accounting services to businesses, including the following:

CPAs provide various accounting services to businesses, including the following:

  1. Financial Reporting and Assurance: CPAs prepare and analyze financial statements, ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant standards. They conduct audits and reviews to provide assurance on the financial health of organizations.
  2. Taxation: CPAs offer tax planning and compliance services, helping individuals and businesses minimize tax liabilities and comply with tax laws. They prepare and file tax returns and represent clients in tax matters.
  3. Management Accounting: This involves budgeting, forecasting, and performance analysis to help businesses make informed decisions. CPAs provide insights into cost management, pricing strategies, and financial planning.
  4. Consulting: CPAs provide advisory services on a range of issues, including business strategy, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and technology implementation. They help organizations improve efficiency and profitability.
  5. Forensic Accounting: CPAs investigate financial discrepancies and fraud. They provide litigation support and expert testimony in legal cases involving financial issues.
  6. Financial Planning and Analysis: CPAs assist individuals and businesses with long-term financial planning, including retirement planning, investment analysis, and estate planning.
  7. Internal Auditing: CPAs conduct internal audits to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s internal controls, risk management, and governance processes.


CPAs in Ontario are overseen by CPA Ontario, which sets rules for ethics and conduct to ensure accountability. Accountants have extensive training and skills that enable them to offer a variety of services. These services include financial reporting, tax planning, strategic consulting, and forensic accounting.

CPAs play a crucial role in upholding trust and integrity in financial practices. They can be found working in public practice, private industry, or the public sector.

AMI CPA Professional Corporation is a full-service accounting firm offering a broad range of accounting services to meet the needs of businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals in Oakville & the GTA.