Strategic Planning – Publicly Accountable Enterprises

The planning and consultation process the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) followed to develop its strategic direction for publicly accountable enterprises is summarized below.

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2013 Canada contributes to the progress towards global adoption of IFRSs

2011 IFRSs become effective in Canada

  • Publicly accountable enterprises, other than pension plans, are required to adopt IFRSs as Canadian GAAP for interim and annual financial statements related to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
  • Qualifying entities with rate-regulated activities and investment companies and segregated accounts of life insurance enterprises can defer their changeover to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.  

2010 IFRSs incorporated into Canadian GAAP

  • In January, IFRSs are issued as Part I of the CICA Handbook – Accounting.

2008-09  Expose IFRSs

  • To comply with its due process, the AcSB issues three omnibus exposure drafts on “Adopting IFRSs in Canada” to expose for public comment the adoption of each IFRS.
  • In December, the AcSB concludes that, in light of the comments received on all three exposure drafts, it should proceed to incorporate the IFRSs exposed into Canadian GAAP as planned.

2008 Affirm changeover date to IFRSs

  • In February, the AcSB considers input from stakeholders and the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) on the progress review.
  • On February 13, the AcSB announces via a media release that the changeover to IFRSs for publicly accountable profit-oriented enterprises is for interim and annual financial statements relating to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
  • In November, the Accounting Standards Oversight Council issues a statement supporting the AcSB’s Global Approach to Financial Reporting Standards.

2007 Issue implementation plan

2006 Approve new strategic plan

  • The AcSB approves the new strategic plan to govern its activities in the next few years.
  • In the Strategic Plan, “Accounting Standards in Canada: New Directions,” the AcSB notes that “one size does not fit all” and decides to pursue separate financial reporting strategies for publicly accountable enterprises, private enterprises and not-for-profit organizations.
  • As part of the strategy, the AcSB proposes the adoption of globally accepted, high-quality standards by replacing Canadian GAAP with IFRSs for publicly accountable enterprises.

2005 Consult on tentative conclusions

  • After considering the input received, the AcSB presents its tentative conclusions to AcSOC at its February public meeting.
  • The AcSB’s tentative conclusion is that separate strategies for each of the distinct categories of reporting entity should be developed (i.e., publicly accountable enterprises, private enterprises and not-for-profit organizations).
  • In March, the AcSB issues an Invitation to Comment on its Draft Strategic Plan after considering the advice received from the AcSOC. The AcSB proposes that Canadian GAAP for publicly accountable enterprises should converge with IFRSs over a transitional period expected to last five years.  
  • In May, the AcSB commences discussion of matters that would arise as a result of adopting the strategies proposed in its Draft Strategic Plan, including whether the changeover to IFRSs should be accomplished in a single step or through multiple successive accounting changes.
  • In September, the AcSB begins its review of the comments received in response to the Draft Strategic Plan. Overall, the responses are supportive of the strategies that had been proposed, although they set out some concerns about how they would be implemented and timing.
  • At its October public meeting, AcSOC reviews the comments and concurs with the AcSB’s tentative conclusion that it had a basis for proceeding to finalize a plan.  

2004 Begin consultations on future direction of accounting standards

  • The AcSB embarks on a process to develop a new five-year plan for the period 2006-2011 to reconsider its previous strategies of harmonizing with U.S. GAAP while working to support the international convergence of accounting standards. 
  •  In May, the AcSB seeks public input through its Invitation to Comment, “Accounting Standards in Canada: Future Directions,” and a series of public roundtable meetings and other consultations with stakeholders.
  • The Invitation to Comment asked whether Canada should:
    • maintain its own standard-setting capability;
    • maintain its own GAAP or adopt either U.S. GAAP or IFRSs;
    • continue with the twin objectives of harmonization and convergence; and
    • consider modifying current Canadian GAAP requirements to provide better information to the users of financial statements of various different types of entities through, for example, a wider application of differential reporting.
  • A wide range of interested parties provide considerable feedback to the AcSB with Invitation to Comment responses.

Resources – Strategic Direction for Publicly Accountable Enterprises

Strategic Planning

Related Articles


Progress Review

Exposure Drafts

Comparisons of Canadian GAAP to Other Standards

  • Summary Comparison of Canadian GAAP (Part V) and IFRSs (Part I)
  • Summary Comparison of Canadian GAAP Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (Part II) and IFRSs (Part I)

Background Information and Basis for Conclusions

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