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Certified Management Accountants of Ontario

The Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMAO) is the governing body for certified management accountants in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the society to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a certified management 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 CMAO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received22812332266
Applicants who became members862732617321,136

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Management Accountants)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMAO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,191873622471,545
Applicants who became members864792121201,176

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Management Accountants)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMAO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,132953727611,541
Applicants who became members864782924011,212

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMAO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received952822722101,282
Applicants who became members832712922201,154

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010
Audit Report

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMAO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received954819226871,357
Applicants who became members751752917801,033

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Bridging Program: The Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Accelerated Program, which is the bridging program of CMA Ontario, is now open to mature students.

Requirements for Certification:
  • Wilfrid Laurier University has launched the CMA For MBA Program as another path to the designation.
  • CMA Ontario now accepts Business Application Reports as an alternative to completing practical experience.
  • Applicants must complete their practical experience before certification. This enables CMA Ontario to identify and help individuals sooner if they have difficulty completing this requirement.

Resources for Students:

  • Distance learning options are available to students enrolled in the CMA programs. Also, online video is closed-captioned to help English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and a new ESL tool has been developed for international students enrolled in the CMA Accelerated Program.

Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs): An MRA is an agreement between organizations in different jurisdictions. Each organization validates/accepts the licence/certificate granted by the other. Individuals applying to CMA Ontario through the MRAs with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U.K.) and Certified Public Accountants (Australia) can now have the degree requirement waived if they have completed the required practical experience.

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 CMAO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received991834730201,423
Applicants who became members72069191630971

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the CMAO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received826893121301,159
Applicants who became members63456231320845

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CMAO 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 Management Accountants of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Creating clarity around the 'good character' requirement

    This practice clarifies the 'good character' requirement...

  2. Identifying training needs for assessors

    This practice helps streamline the training needs of...

  3. Using precedent decisions to streamline assessments

    This practice offers an approach to streamlining the...


The Certified Management 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 CMAO for further information about your ability to practise as a certified management accountant in Ontario.