The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) is participating in the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) project to amend IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors.
The objective of this project is to help entities distinguish accounting policies from accounting estimates. This distinction is important because changes in accounting estimates often affect an entity’s profit or loss, but changes in accounting policies generally do not.
The AcSB’s due process includes ensuring that Canadian entities’ financial reporting needs are considered by the IASB and issuing the AcSB’s own exposure draft on each IASB proposal. Subject to the responses to the AcSB’s exposure draft on whether the IASB’s proposals are appropriate for application in Canada, the AcSB expects that the amendments will be incorporated into Canadian GAAP in accordance with the AcSB’s strategy of adopting IFRS® Standards for publicly accountable enterprises.