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Providing clarity in communicating about eligibility for exemptions

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Institute of CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS of Ontario

Institute of CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS of Ontario


This practice is of interest to regulators who want to clarify the decision-making process for applicants who ask to be exempted from a requirement.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) developed examples of assessment decisions and the factors contributing to the decisions. These examples consist of three common requests for exemptions. Each example describes an applicant's background and circumstances and offers an explanation of the rationale for the ICAO's decision.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Information for Applicants
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 31, 2013