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CPA Canada cutting 20% of staff ahead of Ontario, Quebec exit

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Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is laying off approximately 20 per cent of its 400-person workforce as CPA Ontario and CPA Quebec prepare to part ways with the organization in December.

What’s happening at CPA Canada?

CEO Pamela Steer told staff in an internal memo that CPA Canada is in a “challenging operating environment” ahead of the upcoming split.

“After sober reflection on future needs, it became clear that organizational changes are needed to ensure the long-term success of a CPA Canada that best serves members and the profession,” Steer said in the memo, which was obtained by The Globe and Mail.

In addition to eliminating positions, some employees will have their roles changed.

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CPA Ontario and CPA Quebec announced their intentions to leave last June starting an 18-month withdrawal process.

Why is CPA Ontario leaving?

The organization said on its website that it’s leaving CPA Canada to ensure “the public is protected and the profession is prepared for the accelerated impact of technology and other changes that lie ahead.”

“This is our responsibility not just to you, our members and students, but also to the public as the profession’s regulatory body and the granters of the profession’s designation in Ontario.”

Why is CPA Quebec leaving?

The organization said its decision was similar to CPA Ontario’s — adding that leaving CPA Canada would ensure compliance with all obligations and responsibilities under Quebec’s legislative and regulatory framework.

Termination agreements for CPA Canada employees

Non-unionized employees at CPA Canada are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This includes individuals working full-time, part-time, or hourly in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

People working “on contract” or as a contractor may also be owed severance pay — given that many employees in Canada are often misclassified as independent contractors.

Severance can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

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Before accepting a severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what our Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

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Major layoffs continue

The job cuts at CPA Canada comes amid a flurry of layoffs in 2024.

Big names, including Grammarly, Amazon, Estee Lauder, Snap, Zoom, Enbridge, PayPal, UPS, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Rona, eBay, Wayfair, and YouTube, have also pulled out the axe as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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If you have been fired or let go for any reason, contact the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Our lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C. have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals.

In addition to severance package negotiations, we can assist you on a broad range of employment matters, including:

If you are a non-unionized employee who needs help with a workplace issue, contact us or call 1-855-821-5900 to get the advice you need and the compensation you deserve.

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