Section 47 of BC’s Chartered Professional Accountants Act states that no person other than a chartered professional accountant member may provide professional accounting services. For purposes of the Act professional accounting services are assurance services (audits and reviews); any form of certification, declaration or opinion with respect to information related to financial statements or any specified auditing procedures that are completed or are purported to be completed in accordance with the CPA Canada standards of professional practice.
Washington State CPAs may be able to provide other services in BC that do not fall within the definition of the Act’s professional accounting services so long as they are not using their US CPA designation nor signing the report as a US CPA.
It is not possible to use the US CPA designation in BC or to call oneself a professional accountant unless one is a member of CPABC. Also, if a CPABC member wishes to provide any professional services, including audit services, prior to providing those services it is necessary for that member to be licensed by CPABC. If you want to use the CPA designation or sign an audit report as a CPA, it is necessary for your firm to be registered with CPABC and you to be licensed with CPABC. To facilitate this, it is necessary that at least one of the principals of the firm is a member of CPABC.