Member Dues FAQs
Given the unprecedented inflation seen in 2022, CPABC made the decision to increase the provincial portion of annual membership dues in 2023 to ensure continued delivery of the high-quality services members rely on such as regulatory matters, advisory services and professional development opportunities.
Despite annual inflationary increases in costs, this is the first increase in provincial fees since unification in 2015. In fact, in 2017/2018, CPABC decreased member dues by $25 and public practice fees by 5%.
Our Reduced Fee reduction category is based on earned active income in the prior calendar year. You must have earned less than the threshold in the prior calendar year to qualify this fiscal year. You may qualify in the next fiscal year depending on your income this calendar year and the posted income threshold.
All members have been re-set to full member dues (Prime). Members eligible for a dues reduction may make a declaration to reduce member dues.
Annual dues notices are sent via e-mail by March 1 annually. You can review your notice(s) through your online services account after you receive your dues notice email. If you are having trouble logging in to Online Services, please contact CPABC Support at email@example.com.
Payment is due April 1, 2023.
Members can pay their fees through different options:
- by logging in to Online Services
- Through most financial institutions and credit unions. Please use your CPA ID as your account number.
- If paying by mail, please send payment and original invoice to:
Suite 800, 555 West Hastings ST
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
You may apply for a reduction of all or a portion of your member dues if you meet the criteria under the following categories:
- Reduced Fee - 50% fee reduction if below active income threshold
- Permanent Medical - fee waiver for permanently unable to work due to illness
- Financial Hardship - waiver of dues if family unit income and net liquid equity below threshold
- Retired - free reduction for those aged 55 or over as of April 1, 2021 and below active income threshold
- Long-term member - CPAs with 40 years of membership or age 70 as of April 1, 2021 receive an automatic waiver of dues
- Non-resident - reduction for members who resided outside of Canada or BC on April 1, 2021
See questions below for additional criteria for each category.
In most cases, eligibility for a 2023-2024 dues reduction is based on your 2022 income. The Retired category is based on estimated income for the 2023 calendar year.
Members declaring for the Retired dues reduction must be 55 years of age as of April 1, 2023 and estimated Active Income for 2023 must be less than $32,500 to receive a waiver on dues.
Income received from sitting on a Board is considered “active income”, therefore, if your payments are greater than the active income threshold of $32,500 for 2023 you cannot apply for the Retired dues waiver.
If your Active Income for the current calendar year is below the Active Income threshold you can apply for the Retired member dues reduction.
To qualify, the active income for the 2022 calendar year and net liquid equity as at April 1, 2023 must be equal or lesser than the income threshold for your family unit size. The thresholds vary depending on your family unit size. A declaration must be signed to receive the dues reduction. You can make a declaration through your Online Services account.
Please note that the active income for the financial hardship category is different from the other dues reduction categories. Active income for the financial hardship policy is defined as income for the member’s Family Unit is the aggregate income from all sources including EI, pension income, investment income, support payments, and disability income for all persons in the member’s Family Unit. The maximum number of Financial hardship declaration is two lifetime.
The 2022 family income thresholds for the financial hardship reduction are:
- Family Unit of 1: $32,500
- Family Unit of 2: $40,500
- Family Unit of 3: $49,600
- Family Unit of 4: $60,000
- Family Unit of 5: $68,300
- Family Unit of 6: $77,000
Requests for retroactive reductions to membership dues for prior years will not be considered. The deadline to apply for a dues reduction is March 31, 2024 for the 2023-2024 member dues year.
This reduction is for members who resided outside of Canada on April 1, 2023 and were invoiced full CPABC provincial dues, or for those members who reside in Canada, but outside of BC, and were invoiced full CPABC provincial dues, but have, or will, pay full provincial dues to another provincial CPA body or Bermuda.
Members who live and work outside of Canada and Bermuda on April 1, 2023 receive reduced provincial and national dues. To receive reduced member dues, members must update their contact information and apply for the non-resident dues reduction by logging into Online Services. If you move after April 1, 2023 in the 2023-2024 dues year, your member dues will not be adjusted.
Long-Term members who are age 70 by April 1, 2023 or 40 years of membership or more receive an automatic waiver of dues. Therefore, the active income threshold does not apply.
Members who believe they have a valid reason to receive a reduction in member dues and do not meet the eligibility requirements of any other dues reduction category may submit a written request to the Membership Committee to consider their circumstances. The Committee will review each request on a confidential basis. Based on the information submitted, a determination will be made and forwarded to the member.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Any written submissions you wish to provide must be delivered to CPABC (Attention: Associate Registrar) or emailed to email@example.com by no later than May 12, 2023.