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Public Sector Accounting Standards

Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group

About the Discussion Group

The Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) established the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group as a regular public forum at which issues relating to public sector financial reporting can be discussed.




Staff Contact(s)

Jean Goguen, CPA, CMA Principal, Public Sector Accounting Board

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Submit an Issue

The next meeting of the Group will be held virtually on November 10, 2022, and will be accessible via livestream in English and through simultaneous translation in French. The deadline to submit issues for the meeting is September 9, 2022.


The purpose of the Group is to assist PSAB regarding issues arising on the application of the CPA Canada Public Sector Accounting (PSA) Handbook, as well as other issues of concern with respect to public sector financial reporting, including emerging issues and any issues on which PSAB seeks advice. However, the Group will not issue pronouncements, other communications, or offer interpretations of standards. The Group will also gather information in order to advise PSAB on priorities and possible agenda items for its consideration.


The Discussion Group expects to meet two times a year. The Discussion Group will consider the need for a third meeting if a high volume of submissions is received. A summary of the discussions will be published following meetings.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit issues for consideration by the Group. 

The public is invited to observe the discussion of items on the agenda.


Meeting & event summaries

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January 5, 2023 Now Available! Meeting Report from PSA DG Meeting – November 10, 2022

Topics discussed include cloud computing, carbon credits, statement of cash flows, Public Sector Accounting (PSA) Handbook issue, and more. Read the Meeting Report for full details.

June 29, 2022 Now Available! Meeting Report from PSA DG Meeting – May 12, 2022

At its May 2022 meeting, the Group discussed International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board’s (IPSASB) Consultation Paper on Sustainability Reporting, Climate-related Issues including considerations under Public Sector GAAP and SORPs, and General Application Standards. Read the Meeting Report for full details.

November 12, 2021 Now Available! Meeting Report from PSA DG Meeting – November 12, 2021

Topics discussed included the recognition of embedded derivatives as part of implementing Section PS 3450, as well as the emerging issue involving accounting for natural capital.

Members and Participants

The Group consists of:

  • a Chair; and
  • individuals with a range of backgrounds and experience, including preparers, users and auditors of government and government organization financial reports prepared in accordance with the PSA Handbook. 

Members have an in-depth knowledge of the PSA Handbook and are aware of the challenges that application of PSA Handbook standards are creating in public sector financial reporting.

Appointments are generally for a three-year term. 

In addition to members, PSAB’s Chair and the Director, Public Sector Accounting, attend the Group’s meetings. Others may be invited to participate in meetings on an ad hoc basis to contribute to discussions on particular issues. An individual who submits an issue can participate in the Group’s discussion of that issue.

Martin Boucher

CPA auditeur
Montréal, QC

Caroline Davis

West Vancouver, BC

Gillian Andrews

St. John's, NL

Helen Bernice Bobiwash

Helen Bobiwash, CPA
Naughton, ON

Julie Charron

CPA auditrice
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Ottawa, ON

Lana Dar

Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Vancouver, BC

Lorrie Schmalenberg

City of Regina
Regina, SK

Marie-Soleil Tremblay

FCPA auditrice
École nationale d'administration publique
Québec, QC

Paul Martin

Department of Finance, Government of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB

Robert Siddall

FCPA, FCA Member(s)

Sayja Barton

Toronto, ON

Suzie Gignac

Ernst & Young
Ottawa, ON

Rod Monette

FCPA, FCA Honorary Member