Public Accounting 

Public accounting is a restricted area of practice in Nova Scotia and is reserved for members who hold a Public Accounting Licence.  No individual in Nova Scotia can sign-off on a public accounting engagement unless they have a Public Accounting Licence.

Effective September 1, 2019, the practice of public accounting in Nova Scotia is defined within the Chartered Professional Accountants Act (Nova Scotia), Section 2(zm).  Public accounting includes, but is not limited to, audits of historical financial information, audits of controls, compliance with agreements, value-for-money audits in the public sector, specified audit procedures and reviews of historical financial information. 

Members are reminded of the requirement to use the protected designation “Chartered Professional Accountant(s)” to sign-off on any public accounting engagement.  For more information refer to CPA Nova Scotia Code of Professional Conduct, Rule 402: Use of Descriptive Style.  Members shall not use the protected designation “Licensed Public Accountant” or “LPA” on public accounting engagements signed on or after January 1, 2020.  

Categories of Licences


Summary of Permitted Services



Audit Licence


(Full Licence)



  • Audit Engagements
  • Review Engagements
  • All acts and functions as set out in the CPA Canada Handbook-Assurance




Review Licence


(Limited Services Licence)





  • Review Engagements
  • Specified Procedures, such as Trust and Legal Reports