About the AASB
The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) establishes standards for assurance and related services engagements. The AASB contributes to the development of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), which it adopts as Canadian Auditing Standards (CASs), by participating in consultations and activities of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) to ensure Canadian entities’ auditing needs are considered.
The Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (AASOC) oversees the activities of the AASB and ensures it follows its rigorous due process. AASOC appoints AASB members and provides input on strategy and priorities. AASOC also assesses and reports to the public on the performance of the AASB.
Why the AASB Matters
The general public and stakeholders in the Canadian economy need reliable information to make financial decisions. The AASB’s strong and clear auditing, assurance and related services standards raise the credibility of public accountants.
The AASB’s History
1973: The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)* established the Auditing Standards Committee, which was made up of volunteer members who were directly responsible for the development of new standards.
1991: The Auditing Standards Committee was renamed as the Auditing Standards Board, signifying a structural change to the auditing standard-setting process in Canada. The new Board began to operate in accordance with the present AASB philosophy, whereby the Board approves matters of principle and policy while the development of new standards is delegated to staff.
1998: The Auditing Standards Board was again renamed as the Assurance Standards Board, assuming responsibility for setting standards and practice guidance for assurance and related services for public sector entities. This had previously been the responsibility of the Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Board.
2003: The Assurance Standards Board was renamed the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) as it is known today.
The AASB’s Responsibilities
View the AASB’s Terms of Reference.
The AASB serves a number of stakeholders, including:
- public accountants;
- financial statement preparers;
- the public;
- investors, creditors, analysts and bond raters;
- boards and audit committees;
- regulators; and
Thirteen voting volunteer and two non-voting members make up the AASB. View current AASB members.
The AASB membership consists of a diverse group of members with a range of experience from various locations across Canada.
The Board’s support staff includes:
- a Director;
- six principals; and
- one administrative assistant.
The Board also hires consultants as the need arises.
Setting AASB Agendas
The AASB’s Strategic Plan sets the direction and priorities for its activities. The Board’s efforts are focused on the development, adoption and implementation of standards addressing:
- quality control;
- other assurance; and
- related services engagements.
The AASB’s work program is also influenced by the work program of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).
The AASB normally meets five times a year. To better serve the AASB’s objectives, additional meetings and conference calls may take place.
View the AASB meeting calendar.
The AASB’s Relationship with CPA Canada
CPA Canada is the national organization representing the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) profession in Canada. CPA Canada provides funding, staff and other resources to support an independent standard-setting process.
CPA Canada and the boards and oversight councils function at arm’s length from one another. As a result, the boards and oversight councils, as well as their staff, carry out their standard-setting operations in an independent manner.
* The CICA, CGA-Canada and CMA Canada have since consolidated under the CPA Canada banner as the profession’s national body.