DEFINITION of 'Canadian Institute Of Chartered Accountants - CICA'
A non-profit organization for accounting professionals in Canada. CICA has developed GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) for Canadian accounting, and publishes guidance and educational materials on a number of accounting-related topics. It is one of the founding members of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA).
BREAKING DOWN 'Canadian Institute Of Chartered Accountants - CICA'
Founded in 1902, the CICA has grown to become the primary professional organization for chartered accountants in Canada. The institution was originally known as the Dominion Association of Chartered Accountants. As of 2010, the CICA boasts a membership of approximately 75,000 CAs and around 12,000 students both in Canada and Bermuda.