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WHY VOLUNTEER?

We offer members meaningful volunteer opportunities to match their interests and skill sets at every stage of the CPA journey. Volunteering is both a chance to do valuable work and an excellent opportunity to network with your fellow members and students.

TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Registration Period:

Fall

Opportunity:

The Tax Preparation Assistance Program brings together CPA volunteers from across the province to prepare tax returns for thousands of eligible individuals and families free of charge. Pay forward your expertise and help those in need to obtain valuable tax refunds and credits.
Learn more about the TPA program.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member in good standing
  • Experience filing tax returns is an asset

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION OPEN

PRACTICE INSPECTION COMMITTEE

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

The Practice Inspection Committee assesses compliance with professional standards of all practising offices and takes appropriate follow-up or remedial action when necessary. Members are appointed annually for an initial term of one year and are eligible for reappointment up to a total of six years. Click here for more information.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member in good standing, in a public accounting practice that includes audit, review and compilation engagements
  • Member must hold a Public Account Licence

To apply, please complete and submit the application form below for consideration. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Submit Application

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT COMMITTEE

Registration Period:

The deadline is May 13 to submit applications for consideration for each committee year. Any applications received after this date will be considered for the following committee year.

Opportunity:

The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) reviews and investigates possible violations of the CPA Code of Professional Conduct, the regulations or the By-law. Find out more about the complaints process and the role of the PCC here.

Eligibility:

  • Member in good standing
  • No prior disciplinary history
  • Ten more years of post-qualification experience
  • Be one of the following:
    • A partner in a CPA firm or a sole practitioner whose clientele includes a variety of assurance and/or tax engagements
    • A senior financial officer and/or executive with 10 or more years of experience

If you are a member of the public who wishes to volunteer, please fill out the Public Representative Volunteer Application.

Unless applicants indicate otherwise, resumes will be kept on file for two years. Only those short-listed for committee membership will be contacted.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

PUBLIC ACCOUNTING LICENSING BOARD

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

The Public Accounting Licensing Board is responsible for matters relating to public accounting licences, certificates of authorization and the practice of public accounting. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, overseeing CPA Ontario’s licensing standards, responsibilities, functions and processes. The are appointed for an initial term of one year and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional three-year terms.

Eligibility:

  • Member in good standing
  • Must hold a valid Public Accounting Licence or have held a valid Public Accounting Licence within the past five years

Public representative position are also available. To find out more, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

To apply, please complete and submit the application form below for consideration. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

SMALL AND MEDIUM PRACTICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

The Small and Medium Practices Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteer practitioners. The Committee identifies and addresses the common needs of members in small and medium practices and promotes their interests. The committee will include up to 15 representatives from small and medium practices across Ontario, and include both members with and without a public accounting licence. Each committee year runs from September to August. A representative may not serve on the Committee for more than two consecutive three-year terms.

Eligibility:

  • Member in good standing
  • Must not sit on any other standing or advisory committee of CPA Ontario simultaneously
  • Must be with a practising office that is registered and in good standing with CPA Ontario. The criteria for classification as a small and medium practice include:
    • Practice structures ranging from sole practitioners to larger, multi-partner, non-national firms (members from national firms do not qualify)
    • Practices that provide public accounting services and/or accounting services to the public as defined by CPA Ontario’s By-law

To apply, please complete and submit the application form below for consideration. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Mentoring

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

As a CPA Ontario member, you can provide guidance to CPA students as they complete their practical experience. All students in the CPA Ontario program are required to have a CPA mentor before they can begin reporting their practical experience. Mentors help students develop essential communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and set a standard for teamwork, leadership and ethical behaviour. This sharing of knowledge and experience helps the new generation of accounting professionals develop the skills they need to succeed.

Eligibility:

Follow these steps to become a mentor today:

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CAPSTONE 1 VOLUNTEERS

Registration Period:

Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

Opportunity:

Help students work towards their designation by volunteering as a panel member for the final assessment of the CPA Professional Education Program Capstone 1 Oral Board Report — and earn verifiable CPD hours doing it. Volunteers will be required to assess presentations, conduct Q&A sessions, complete evaluation forms, and provide feedback to students. Volunteers will be asked to commit for at least one full day. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member in good standing
  • Must not currently be a Capstone 1 facilitator
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ADJUDICATIVE TRIBUNALS COMMITTEES

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

There are volunteer positions within four committees which comprise the CPA Ontario’s Adjudicative Tribunals. These committees include: 

Administration and Registration Committee: hears and decides matters of good character, and matters where credibility is in issue. It also hears applications for a Public Accounting Licence referred by the PALB.

Discipline Committee: hears and decides allegations of professional misconduct and applications for a preliminary suspension. It also hears motions to reconsider its prior decisions and orders, as well as reviewing and approving settlement agreements.

Appeal Committee: hears and decides appeals brought from decisions of the Discipline Committee, the Admission and Registration Committee and the Capacity Committee. The Appeal Committee also hears motions to reconsider its prior decisions and orders.

Capacity Committee: determines if a member is incapacitated, and the restrictions to be placed on that member, if any. 

Committee members shall generally be representative of CPA Ontario’s membership by occupation and geographic location and shall include public accounting licensees. The Committee members shall be appointed for a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional three-year terms. CPA Ontario Council may extend the maximum term of a Committee member in extraordinary circumstances. The Chair and Deputy Chairs of a Committee shall be appointed from among the Committee members for a two-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment for a maximum of three additional two-year terms. Council may extend the maximum term of the Chair or a Deputy Chair in extraordinary circumstances. Click here for more information.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member in good standing with no outstanding discipline actions against them
  • Relevant adjudicative experience is an asset

To apply, please complete and submit the application form below for consideration. If you are a member of the public who wishes to volunteer, please fill out the Public Representative Volunteer Application. Unless applicants indicate otherwise, resumes will be kept on file for two years. Only those short-listed for committee membership will be contacted.

Submit Your Application

Student Recruitment Opportunities

Registration Period:

Ongoing

Opportunity:

Are you a proud CPA interested in volunteering to inspire and influence the next generation of CPAs? There are many opportunities available working with our Student Recruitment Team. Opportunities include keynote speaking, panel discussions, networking events and competition judging.

Eligibility:

CPAs interested in volunteering can be added to our volunteer database by completing the survey below. Our CPA Ontario Student Recruitment Team will reach out when relevant volunteer opportunities become available.  

Complete Volunteer Survey

ASSOCIATIONS

CPA Ontario has 24 Associations across Ontario that facilitate networking opportunities, professional development seminars, social events and volunteer opportunities. To get involved with your local Association, email your President directly.

FIND YOUR ASSOCIATION

ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCY TALENT BOARD

Log in to CPA Ontario Talent to find postings from charitable or not-for-profit organizations and agencies seeking volunteers for tax help, leadership roles and more.

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2019 VOLUNTEER AWARD RECIPIENTS

We are excited to recognize four CPA Ontario members for their distinguished service and for going above and beyond.

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