Significant progress has been made on unifying the accounting profession nationally and in B.C. in recent days. The move to CPA is well underway and accelerating or already complete in every province and territory in the country.
On March 7, CGA-Canada reaffirmed its support for Bill C-48, the Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012. In a presentation to the Commons finance committee, Carole Presseault, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at CGA-Canada, encouraged Parliament to move swiftly to pass the legislation.
A report released Wednesday, February 13 by CGA-Canada entitled Tax Simplification: Benefits and Political Challenges in a Canadian Context argues that tax simplification would provide countless economic benefits – including lower compliance and administration costs, improved efficiencies, better tax planning opportunities and positive effects on Canada’s economic growth.
Our one cent coin, we’ve been told for years, is a losing proposition. It costs 1.6 cents to produce a single copper piece. No, scratch that, it costs 1.6 cents to mint each copper-plated steel or zinc coin we call the penny. The penny hasn’t been the penny for 1.6 decades now, and is a trifling thing compared to the original that weighed in at a mighty 5.67 grams.
2013 01 21 false CGA Front and Centre at Competition of Top Business Schools Canada’s future business leaders were on display this past weekend at JDC West (Jeux du Commerce West)—literally the commerce games. In the finish, it came down to three victorious teams: Edwards (University of Saskatchewan) w
With a final donation of $30,000 paid this past December 20, the CGA-BC Educational Foundation has met its ambitious goal to create a $100,000 fund with the Okanagan College Foundation. And even before the $100,000 target was met, two Okanagan College students were reaping the benefits of the CGA-BC members’ generosity.
For the third straight year, CGA students and members from the Surrey Langley North Delta Chapter have donated their time and efforts to the Surrey Food Bank. Twenty-two students and member spent most of the morning of Friday, October 26 sorting/handing out donated items, preparing hampers and facilitating their distribution.
2012 11 28 false Balanced Budget Forecasted for 2013–2014 BC continues to reduce and control government spending to address declining revenues. The government of BC is projecting a budget deficit of $1.47 billion for 2012-13, according to Finance Minister Michael de Jong. The Minister released BC’
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today (November 1) that the maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2013 will be $51,100—up $1,000 from $50,100 in 2012. The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP-legislated formula that accounts for the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada.
The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia has announced its commitment to the highest quality customer service. In a four-point resolution, the province’s largest accounting body pledges to respond to all customers promptly with staff who are knowledgeable, motivated and friendly.
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, several amendments to the Association’s Bylaws were passed at the Annual General Meeting at the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia.
Mary Pattison, CGA-BC’s President for 1988, and one of its most active representatives at the local, provincial and nationals levels for more than a quarter of a century, has died. She passed away on September 4 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. She was 93.
CGA-BC is pleased to announce that Steve Nash Fitness World is the newest partner to join the Association’s Partners in Employment Program (PEP). Steve Nash Fitness World has become the largest and most comprehensive chain of fitness clubs in British Columbia, with 17 locations and growing fast.
With the death of Helen Knowles, FCGA, CGA-BC has lost one of its best representatives and the embodiment of its most cherished ideals. The longtime public practitioner and CGA-BC’s president or 1985 passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6. She was 89.
CGA-BC and CGA-Canada are pleased to inform you that Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Revenue, has extended an invitation to B.C. CGAs to private meetings on Thursday, July 26, in Victoria, and Friday, July 27 in Vancouver, to discuss matters of interest to the profession. Specifically, Ms. McLeod would like to hear from CGAs on topics such as red tape reduction, taxation and issues relating to the Canada Revenue Agency.
Last year the CGA Running Team was again tops in the Accounting and Finance Division, for most dollars raised and for most miles run. Now, in 2012, we are poised to break the $225,000 fundraising mark.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), has announced that it will now answer businesses’ specific tax-related questions in writing. In an April 17 news release, the CRA said “businesses, their employees, or representatives can ask the CRA account-specific, tax-related questions through My Business Account and the CRA will answer them online and in writing, within a given time period.”
CGA-BC isn’t just recognizing Multiculturalism Week this Nov. 13–19, we live it 52 weeks and 365 days a year. For 51 of those weeks we, like most of B.C.—the most ethnically varied province in Canada—take our diversity for granted. This week is different. This week we appreciate where we come from and declare thanks that we are here.
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Annual General Meeting of the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia passed several amendments to the Association’s Bylaws and Code of Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct (CEPROC).
More than one hundred Certified General Accountants and small business owners joined the Honourable Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and 18 MLAs from both parties for CGA-BC’s MLA luncheon yesterday which also saw the kick-off of Small Business Month.
Filing With the IRS for U.S. Citizens Living in Canada - Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative - On Feb. 8, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced its 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI). This initiative could affect U.S. citizens living in Canada if they have not previously filed annual tax returns with the IRS.
Despite promises of cash today and lower rates tomorrow, opinion still appears to be divided among British Columbians on whether they will support the HST in the upcoming referendum. Polls in early June suggested the tide may be turning in favour of the HST, but it is still too close to call.
I am writing to tell you that CGA recently participated in exploratory discussions with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) to explore opportunities for a national merger of the accounting profession in Canada.
Two very fortunate accounting students will be seeing much more than numbers this fall when they take up residence in Barbados as part of CGA-BC’s inaugural Caribbean co-op.
The creation of the Red Tape Commission was greeted as a step in the right direction by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). In a January 14 media release, the association welcomed the federal government’s action to address the burden of red tape on small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
VANCOUVER, Oct. 28—The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) is pleased to announce the John Leslie award recipient for 2010 - Pierre Barnès, FCGA of Montreal, Quebec.
The results of the election for the 2011 Board of Governors were announced at the Annual General Meeting in Whistler on Saturday, September 18. The following members were approved to serve on the CGA-BC Board of Governors for 2011.
Vancouver, March 31, 2009 – The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) and its provincial and territorial partners today launched a Canada-wide, multi-media advertising campaign emphasizing the depth of skills and experience that Certified General Accountants bring to their employers and clients.
2009 03 31 PEP, the Association’s Partners in Employment Program, has reached another milestone early in 2009, and it’s a powerhouse. BC Hydro, the Crown corporation and Canada’s third largest electric utility, is the 100th employer to join PEP.
The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) in collaboration with the provincial and territorial organizations have chosen Grip Limited of Toronto to develop a Canada-wide advertising campaign to emphasize the CGA designation’s excellence, distinctiveness and leadership in the field of professional accounting and business. The national and provincial multi-media campaign is set to launch in early April.
The global economic and financial situation is unprecedented, and countries around the world are taking immediate steps to deliver aggressive stimulus packages to address the economic crisis and revive their economies.
Incoming CGA-BC President and SFU business instructor Stephen Spector, FCGA, has won a TD Canada Trust distinguished teaching award. The award, worth $3000, is based on materials preparation, statements from nominees and student comments.
CGA-BC is a volunteer-powered organization. Whether acting as ambassadors to the business community, promoting the CGA program to potential students, running for charity in our name or invigilating at exams, our volunteers turn our business objectives into reality year after year.
Kelowna, BC — At the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia’s annual general meeting held in Kelowna, on Saturday, September 20, 2008, the membership approved a series of amendments to the Association’s Bylaws and the Code of Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct (CEPROC).
To protect the public interest, CGA-BC, as a self-regulating professional body, adheres to prescribed standards as set out in our Act, Bylaws, and Code. Members and students have a duty to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner in serving clients, employers, and the public.
Quebec CGAs Gain Full Practice Rights CNW Telbec December 19, 2007 Montréal –The Ordre des comptables généraux licenciés du Québec (CGA Quebec), achieved an historic milestone today when the National Assembly adopted Bill 46 ...
Five per cent of chief financial officers in Canada plan to add accounting and finance staff during the first quarter of 2008 and five per cent anticipate personnel reductions. Executives in the finance, insurance and real estate sector are most optimistic about hiring.
In response to the federal government’s throne speech, CGA-Canada has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling for action to take down the barriers to interprovincial trade, and to get moving on its plan for broad-based tax relief.
CGA-BC was front and centre as the lead sponsor of the recent Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in B.C. survey and celebration. The annual Business in Vancouver event honours the 100 B.C. companies whose revenue has grown the fastest over the past five years.
Accounting financial executives expect to continue hiring accounting and finance professionals in the third quarter, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index, although at a more moderate rate than during the second quarter.
After more than a decade of tracking, reporting on, and using the Agreement on Trade (AIT), the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada wants the federal and provincial governments to do away with the Agreement and re-think their approach to regulating domestic trade.