Canadian Standards on Quality Control

Quality Management at the Firm and Engagement Level, Including Engagement Quality Reviews


The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) proposes, subject to comments received following exposure, to adopt with appropriate amendments:

  • proposed International Standard on Quality Management (ISQM) (formerly International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC)) 1, Quality Management for Firms that Perform Audits or Reviews of Financial Statements, or Other Assurance or Related Services Engagements;
  • proposed new ISQM 2, Engagement Quality Reviews;
  • proposed International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 220, Quality Management for an Audit of Financial Statements; and
  • related conforming and consequential amendments.

Staff Contact(s)

Eric Turner, CPA, CA

Director, Auditing and Assurance Standards Board


The AASB is proposing to adopt ISQM 1 as CSQM 1 with only the Canadian amendment noted above. The Board believes that it is appropriate to adopt proposed ISQM 1 with no amendments to the scope, such that related services engagements in the Handbook would now be covered by the system of quality management. The Board is proposing to expand the scope of CSQC 1 for the following reasons:

  • It is in the public interest that practitioners consistently perform high quality engagements. A system of quality management will support the consistent performance of high-quality engagements.
  • Related services engagements are being conducted for a broader range of external users. They are relevant and sought-after services. As a result, there is an increased need for quality management standards to drive the consistent performance of high-quality engagements.
  • Proposed ISQM 1 is designed to accommodate different firms, engagements and subject matters now and in the future. It is intended to be proportionate to the nature of the firm and the engagements it undertakes, while requiring a base level of quality management. As a result, the standard will facilitate the application of systems of quality management to smaller firms, including firms that only conduct related services engagements.

The AASB recognizes that implementing proposed ISQM 1 may require effort, particularly for those practitioners who currently are not required to have a system of quality control under CSQC 1. The Board will work to identify implementation challenges and support the development of non-authoritative guidance and tools to assist practitioners with their implementation.