CPA Alberta COVID-19 Updates

April 29, 2020

Update on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Applications

The application form has been amended to address the profession's concerns.

April 27, 2020

Professional Concerns: Use of Represent a Client in Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Applications

Alberta CPAs should be aware of some professional concerns with the CEWS applications. CPA Canada, which has primary responsibility for working with the CRA and other federal government departments, has issued the following statement:

Please note that as part of the current application process for the CEWS in Represent a Client, the representative is being asked to state that the CEWS “application is, to the best of my knowledge true and complete and is not false or misleading in all material respects.” Also, the representative is being asked to confirm that the person signing the employer attestation form is the one described under the legislation. We became aware of this issue on Friday afternoon, and despite best efforts over the weekend, this wording could not be changed in time for the launch of the application process this morning. 

We have been working with the CRA and we believe that we will find wording that will be acceptable to the CRA that will not cause professional issues for our members. We will communicate the revised wording once it has been approved along with an update on when the application process in Represent a Client will be revised. 

Please be aware that we previously communicated to CRA that requiring members to provide assurance or an opinion as part of the process would be problematic. Also, the legislation does not require representatives to provide an attestation.

March 25, 2020

The Alberta government continues to support Albertans during this unprecedented global public health emergency.

Of these measures put in place, Alberta CPAs may find these of most relevance:

  • Emergency isolation support
  • Utility payment deferral
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Employment Insurance sickness benefits
  • Emergency Care Benefit
  • Canada Child Benefit

To view the full list of support available through the Government of Alberta, visit

CPA Alberta also has a comprehensive list of online resources and services available to Alberta CPAs to help address challenges arising from COVID-19.

March 18, 2020

We have been monitoring the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak closely and have decided to take the following precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of Alberta CPAs and our staff.

As of March 18th, both our Calgary and Edmonton offices will be closed. During this period, all CPA Alberta staff will be reachable by email, and we don’t anticipate any significant changes in our operations.

In addition, all in-person Professional Development courses are cancelled until June 30; one-on-one career coaching and resume reviews will be done online until further notice. If you have registered for a course, you will receive further details on any available online options. We will provide refunds in all cases and there will be no withdrawal penalties.

We anticipate our scheduled major events will not proceed as scheduled, and we’ll provide further details soon on the specifics for those who registered for or planned to attend those events.

For those who may be experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety during this challenging time, remember that the profession’s CPA Assist program is available for all Alberta CPAs, CPA candidates, and their immediate family members. This includes a confidential support line, by calling 1.855.596.4222, as well as crisis support available 24/7. You are encourage you to reach out to CPA Assist or other resources if you feel the need.

As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation and we are responding to developments as they happen. Please be assured, we are still working diligently to meet our mandate to protect the public and provide resources to Alberta CPAs during this uncertain time.

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