Use of the CPA Designation in Manitoba

For Members

As of July 15, 2015 you will have two options in the way you display your professional accounting designations.

1)  “Tagging” the CPA designation with your legacy designation or designations, as applicable:

a)  If you currently hold a legacy designation, see the following examples

Jane Doe, CPA, CA
John Doe, CPA, CGA
Jane Doe, CPA, CMA

b)  If you currently hold dual legacy designations, see the following examples

John Doe, CPA, CA, CGA
Jane Doe, CPA, CA, CMA
John Doe, CPA, CGA, CMA

2)  You may continue to use your legacy designation only. However, please understand that the profession is no longer branding the legacy designations.

Please note that for a period of ten years beginning July 15, 2015, using the CPA designation alone is prohibited. Only those who graduate from the CPA Professional Education Program may use the CPA designation alone.

While members are permitted to use the CPA designation, certificates will not be issued until after the legislation has been proclaimed.  Certificates for legacy members will be dated the date of proclamation and will be issued sometime this fall.

For Fellows

Those who are Fellows of a legacy body will automatically become Fellows of the CPA organization.

As of July 15, 2015, the same two options and requirements for displaying the designation apply to Fellows. You may tag FCPA with your legacy Fellow designation (FCPA, FCA; FCPA, FCGA; FCPA, FCMA) or use the legacy Fellow designation alone.  When using the FCPA designation, tagging is required for a period of ten years beginning July 15, 2015.

For Firms

Effective September 1, 2015, public accounting firms are permitted to use “Chartered Professional Accountants” when signing various reports and on branding materials (signage, letterhead, etc.).

Firms will have a transition period of 19 months after September 1, 2015 to make the change to their registered name. After March 31, 2017, public accounting firms may no longer use their legacy designations and must refer to themselves as Chartered Professional Accountant(s)Tagging is not permitted.  The effective date of September 1 has been chosen to allow those firms who are LLPs or professional corporations to contact the Companies Office to change their registered names. 

Additional Resources:

Professional Corporation (PC) Name Change

​​Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Name Change

​​Sole Proprietorship or Partnership Name Change

CPA Logo & Branding

Effective September 1, 2015, if a firm wishes to use the new CPA logo when branding its name, a separate licensing agreement needs to be signed. For further details on how to obtain a license to use the CPA logo and for guidance on how the CPA logo can be properly used, please click here.


If you have any questions about the use of the CPA designation in Manitoba, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact


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