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  1. Marnie
    March 2, 2020

    CGA (Certified General Accountant) is an old designation in Canada that no longer exists. CGAs, CMAs (Certified Management Accountants), and CAs (Chartered Accountants) were the 3 accepted professional accounting designations prior to the formation of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association in Canada in 2013. The 3 legacy designations are all now CPAs. Therefore, in Canada, a CGA IS a CPA. There is no difference at all.

    This article refers to CPAs in the USA which are Certified Public Accountants. In Canada, though, CPAs are Chartered Professional Accountants. Despite the naming difference, CPAs in Canada and CPAs in the USA generally perform similar duties and there are international reciprocity agreements between both Canadian and American CPAs.

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