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Agreement to facilitate recognition of competencies of internationally trained accounting professionals


On May 14, 2012, Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, joined by Manon Durivage, FCA, Chair of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, announced the signing of an agreement to ease the way for internationally trained accounting professionals to obtain permits.

The Ordre will use the $91,500 in funding provided for under the agreement to enhance the work to develop a program intended to inform, assess and recognize the competencies of as many internationally trained accounting professionals as possible, with the ultimate goal of allowing them to practice the accounting profession in Quebec.

In the short term, the Ordre will propose a one-day reciprocity exam preparation session and in the medium term, a supplemental training program focused on Quebec taxation, the provisions of the Civil Code, and the specifics of the Code of Ethics of Chartered Accountants.

The Ordre also plans to develop a one-day orientation and training session to better inform internationally trained candidates about the environment in which they will practice their profession in Quebec. This session will address, among other things, professionalism, the cultural environment in the workplace, the professional system and regulations respecting the supervision of the profession.

From left to right: Manon Durivage, FCA, Chair of the Ordre, Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, and Laurent Liagre, CA, originally from France, who spoke about his experience during the press conference.

To read the Minister’s media release (in French only) >

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