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Member Dues FAQs

Although the 2020-2021 membership dues deadline was April 1, 2020, members who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 may:

  • Defer payment of 2020-2021 membership dues until August 1, 2020. The late administration fee and enforcement action for non-payment of membership dues will not apply during this period. Members do not need to apply for a payment deferral.

    and
  • Be eligible to seek a 50% reduction in 2020-2021 membership dues under the new Emergency Fee Reduction category.  Criteria based on Income* for the 2020 calendar year and Net Liquid Equity* as at April 1, 2020 for the member’s Family Unit* apply.  For further information, please refer to the Dues Reduction Categories. Members who meet the criteria may declare eligibility for the Emergency Fee Reduction in Online Services

*Defined terms

If the Income for your Family Unit for the 2020 calendar year has not exceeded the threshold for the size of your Family Unit, and you expect that the Income for your Family Unit will not exceed the threshold for the 2020 calendar year, then you may make the declaration in Online Services to claim the Emergency Fee Reduction. If the Income for your Family Unit should exceed the threshold for the size of your Family Unit, then you will be required to immediately notify CPABC and pay the additional 50% membership dues at that time.

By reading definitions for the Emergency Fee Reduction category
or
By logging into your online services account, selecting “Fees, Receipts and Donation”, then selecting the Emergency Fee Reduction category and clicking next. 

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and your Family Unit meets the Income and Net Liquid Equity criteria, you may log into Online Services to declare eligibility for the Emergency Fee Reduction up until March 31, 2021.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for a refund to be processed.

The following link will provides details on CPABC’s dues reductions: Dues Reduction Categories.

Members may only claim one member dues reduction category per annual dues year.
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.
Prime refers to where a member pays National (CPA Canada) dues.  If you are primarily practicing in BC, you must pay CPA Canada dues in BC.

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 support@bccpa.ca.

Annual member dues cover the period of April 1 – March 31
Payment is due April 1, 2020. However, members experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer payment up to August 1, 2020. An administrative fee of $150 + GST is applied to payments received after August 1, 2020. Suspension of membership is September 4, 2020 and cancellation of membership on October 5, 2020.

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:
      Finance Department
      Suite 800, 555 West Hastings ST
      Vancouver, BC   V6B 4N6
An affiliate member is a member who pays full provincial and CPA Canada dues to another provincial body (including Bermuda).

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, 2020 and below active income threshold
  • Long-term member - CPAs with 40 years of membership or age 70 as of April 1, 2020 receive an automatice waiver of dues
  • Non-resident - reduction for members who resided outside of Canada or BC on April 1, 2020

See questions below for additional criteria for each category.

  • Reduced Fee
  • Financial Hardship
  • Retired

The active income threshold is $30,500 for the 2019 calendar year.

Active Income includes accounting and non-accounting income from employment, director’s fees, and net income from self-employment. Active Income does not include EI, pension income, investment income, support payments, or disability income. All other sources of income shall be considered “active.” The income threshold is adjusted annually. Income is based on individual earnings, not family/household income except for Financial Hardship.
Yes.  Eligibility for a 2020-2021 dues reduction is based on your 2019 income and not estimated current income for 2020.
Members whose income in the prior calendar year is below the active income threshold may apply for a 50 per cent dues reduction of full dues.
Members who are permanently unable to work in any capacity due to illness can request a waiver of dues.   A separate medical form (found on our website under Member Services>Forms and FAQs) must be completed and signed by a doctor.
If your active income is below the threshold for the prior calendar year, you may apply for a reduction under Reduced Fee category.
If your active income is below the threshold for the prior calendar year, you may apply for a reduction under Reduced Fee category.
Members declaring for the Retired dues reduction must be 55 years of age as of April 1, 2020 and earned Active Income for 2019 must be less than $30,500 receive a waiver on dues.
Income received from sitting on a Board is considered “active income”, so if your payments are greater than the active income threshold of $30,500 for 2019 you cannot apply for the Retired dues reduction
If your Active Income for the prior calendar year is below the Active Income threshold you can apply for the Retired member dues reduction.

To qualify, the active income for the 2019 calendar year and net liquid equity as at April 1, 2020 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 or by submitting the form found on our website under Member Services>Forms and FAQs.
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 2019 family income thresholds for the financial hardship reduction are:

  • Family Unit of 1: $30,500
  • Family Unit of 2: $38,000
  • Family Unit of 3: $46,750
  • Family Unit of 4: $56,750
  • Family Unit of 5: $64,500
  • Family Unit of 6: $72,500
  • Family Unit of 7 or more:   please contact CPABC at duesadjustments@bccpa.ca
Members if eligible may choose from the dues reduction categories found in Online Services
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, 2021 for the 2020-2021 member dues year.
This reduction is for members who resided outside of Canada on April 1, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 in the 2020-2021 dues year, your member dues will not be adjusted.
The criteria for a dues reduction and a CPD exemption are not the same.  You must apply for each separately.
Long-Term members who are age 70 by April 1, 2020 or 40 years of membership or more receive an automatic waiver of dues.  Therefore, the active income threshold does not apply.
Since unification, CPABC has prioritized the promotion of a diverse and inclusive profession that reflects BC’s diverse communities. This includes Indigenous communities and businesses as they play a significant role in BC’s culture and economy. In this year’s Annual Member Dues, CPABC has introduced an annual Voluntary Indigenous Self-Identification Questionnaire.

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 duesadjustments@bccpa.ca for more information.