The Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants (AFCA) was present at the meeting with Chairperson Prospero De Vera of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Chairperson De Vera came with a contingent of presidents and deans of various Philippine universities and colleges.
Discussed in the meeting are the various initiatives of the Philippine government to ease the recognition of the education and professional credentials of Filipinos in Canada.
The delegation met with members of parliament and various universities in Canada, one of them the University of Toronto, aiming to understand the curriculum and practical experience requirements for different professionals to be able to practice and work in Canada. This initiative is in line with Ambassador Robles’ mission of easing the entry of Filipino professionals into the Canadian labor market.
In his update, Chairperson De Vera recognizes the need to further tailor the Philippine education curriculum to help it achieve the Canadian standard. While Philippines has already made a lot of advancements, certain adjustments are still required to make it more responsive to the requirements of Canada.
In the ensuing briefing, AFCA was directed to communicate with the working committee composed of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the CHED to work on better understanding of the curriculum requirements for Philippine CPAs with the end goal of getting more exemptions from required courses, or reciprocity, from CPA Ontario for those wanting to get their Canadian CPA designation.
The delegation will be in Canada from 30 March – 4 April 2022 and will be travelling to the different provinces to meet with different schools and universities.
The meeting ended with dinner and entertainment.