PAOs Engaging with the Public Sector – Case Study 3: Canada
The CAPA Public Sector Financial Management Committee (PSFMC) developed a publication titled ‘Professional Accountancy Organisations – Engaging with the Public Sector’ with an aim to identify the current extent and nature of the accountancy profession’s engagement with the public sector, and to encourage professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) to consider increasing their level of engagement.
A series of case studies was later proposed as a follow-up to the publication to provide examples of how PAOs around the world have successfully ‘engaged with the public sector’ and the benefits derived from the engagement.
This case study from Canada, the third in the series, illustrates how the national PAO in Canada developed two (2) public sector certification programs. These contribute towards ‘creating a supply’ of well trained, highly competent finance personnel to enable governments to deliver on their public sector financial management agenda.
In CAPA’s publication ‘Professional Accountancy Organisations – Extending Activities into the Public Sector’ released in 2021, four (4) categories of public sector activities that PAOs could undertake if they are to successfully focus on the public sector were identified – ‘Creating Supply’ is one of them.
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