FYI Article – Annual Improvements: Revised Timing

January 2016

Timing of the Annual Improvements Process

The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) heard you!

In response to stakeholder feedback, in November 2015 the AcSB agreed to revise the timing of the annual improvements process.

An exposure draft will now be issued in September rather than February and final amendments will be released in the Handbook the following July as opposed to October.  As a result, the next cycle of annual improvements will be issued in 2017. 

What are Annual Improvements?

Annual improvements consist of limited amendments to accounting standards for private enterprises in Part II of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting. They clarify guidance or wording, or correct relatively minor unintended consequences, conflicts or oversights. 

The focus of annual improvements is to help our stakeholders apply the standards, rather than introduce significant change.

What is the Process?

The process for identifying annual improvements starts with a stakeholder submitting an issue that meets the Annual Improvements Criteria

The AcSB established the Private Enterprise Advisory Committee to assist the AcSB in maintaining and improving accounting standards in Part II. With input from this Committee, the AcSB deliberates an issue and decides whether it should be addressed in the annual improvements process. 

Submit Your Issues by April 2016

Help us to help you. 

Do you have an issue that should be considered as an annual improvement for the 2017 cycle? The AcSB relies on stakeholders to inform it of issues that need attention as stakeholders are the ones using the standards. 

If you have an issue – here’s how you can let us know.

Stay Informed about Future Developments

Further information about this project can be found on the Annual Improvements 2017 project page.


Nicky Lahner, CPA, CA
Principal, Accounting Standards Board
Phone: +1 (416) 204-3348