Our History

The Canadian Institute of Accredited Public Accountants (CIAPA) was founded in 1938 and was granted letters patent under the provisions of Part II of the Canada Corporation Act on May 7th, 1946. The Society of Professional Accountants of Ontario (SPAO) is the largest zone of the CIAPA and represents the Ontario members of the CIAPA. The Society of Professional Accountants of Ontario is also the largest chapter of The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada. The Society also has substantial memberships in other provinces and Internationally.

The Society is a Professional organization established for ongoing education and setting qualifying standards to ensure professional competence of its members in the practice of accountancy. Established in 1978, the Society has members across Canada and internationally with proven capability in their chosen profession. The Society proudly exudes the singular distinction of being the premier professional accounting organization in Canada offering a unique perspective with a special emphasis on small business. A Federal Charter has been granted to the Society as a corporation by letters patent under the provisions of Part II of the Canada Corporation Act.