Complaints and Discipline
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba is the governing body for Chartered Professional Accountants in
Under the Bill 9, The Chartered Professional Accountants Act (CPA Act), it has been granted the power to regulate the profession in Manitoba and has an obligation for protection of the public. As such it has the power to require members to adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct, Bylaws and Regulations and, under processes set out in the CPA Act, to investigate and discipline members, candidates, students, professional corporations or firms (collectively referred to as “registrants”) who have breached those rules, bylaws and regulations.
CPA Manitoba’s self-regulatory powers normally become operative when complaints are received from the general public, or from other registrants about a registrants’ conduct as it relates to the Code of Professional Conduct and Bylaws and Regulations. However, CPA Manitoba is not required to have a formal written complaint in order to commence an investigation if it receives information that raises a question about a possible breach or breaches of the Code of Professional Conduct by a member, candidate, student, professional corporation or firm.
CPA Manitoba is not a civil court, does not provide a fee dispute mediation service nor does it have the power to order restitution to third parties. Anyone with such complaints or concerns is encouraged to try to resolve the matter directly with the member or firm involved. Members who are providing public accounting or regulated services are required to carry professional liability insurance in order to protect the public in the event of errors and the like on the part of the member.