Mark the Date - May 14, 2014 at noon Eastern. A Webinar on Standard Business Reporting using XBRL to be hosted by CPA Canada Magazine and presented by Gianluca Garbellotto, who has had extensive experience with the implementation of SBR in several countries, including Australia. Watch for further details.

Commons Finance Committee Recommends XBRL

Encouraging news among the recommendations issued by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance following its pre-budget hearings.

One recommendation calls for the federal government to explore the possibility of standardizing business reporting (SBR) and specifically XBRL, to reduce compliance costs for taxpayers and enhance federal data collection. SBR was as one of three main issues profiled by CPA Canada earlier this year during a presentation to the finance committee and in a co-branded pre-budget submission with the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (

XBRL Canada recently held a webinar and included a poll in which it asked the question "Should XBRL be mandatory for Canadian companies?" More than 50% of the respondents answered yes, so it was decided to expand the poll to a wider audience. Please register your views by clicking on this link. It will only take a few minutes to complete:

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Implementing XBRL for Electronic Filing of Information with the Government of Canada
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XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is an XML-based, royalty-free, open standard to enhance and streamline business reporting. The XBRL standard was developed and is maintained by XBRL International, a not-for-profit consortium of leading companies and organizations from around the world. For more information about the standard, please visit the XBRL International site at

XBRL Canada is a not-for-profit consortium of leading Canadian companies and organizations, whose role is to foster the awareness, knowledge and understanding of XBRL and its uses in Canada and is largely funded and administered by CPA Canada (formerly CICA).

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