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Certified General Accountants of Ontario

The Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGAO) is the governing body for certified general accountants in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the CGAO to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a certified general accountant in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

The data for all three accounting professions is available at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received99816833820252,044
Applicants who became members423392132546854

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received99111608351382,080
Applicants who became members331184031069894

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received742290N/A1,013212,066
Applicants who became members69210N/A9964865

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Certified General Accountants)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received718248N/A929181,913
Applicants who became members50362N/A27626867

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010
Audit Report

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received76791N/A1,0132612,132
Applicants who became members17957N/A308317861

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Assessment of Qualifications (Transfer Credit System): The process has been improved by implementing processing guidelines, implementing electronic systems, and reorganizing staff. As a result, after receiving all the required documentation, CGAO processes approximately 90 per cent of transfer credit applications within five business days. Also, CGAO communicates more often with applicants during the process.

Resources for Students: Students enrolled in CGAO for certification have access to two new web-based tools: one provides guidance on how to best use their time and maximize available resources; the other provides academic support for courses.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received84880n/a8764142,218
Applicants who became members6586n/a2848956

n/a = not available

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the CGAO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,194n/an/a911322,137
Applicants who became members564n/an/a36531960

n/a = not available

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CGAO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Certified General Accountants of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Providing online educational resources for applicants

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The Certified General Accountants of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CGAO for further information about your ability to practise as a certified general accountant in Ontario.

Action

The Certified General Accountants of Ontario implemented a new telephone system that immediately directs callers to an adviser who can address their specific inquiries. This approach enables applicants to access relevant information when and how they need it.

July 2013