The Accounting Standards Board of Canada has confirmed recently the changeover date to IFRS for publicly accountable for-profit organizations, set for periods beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
The announcement is available in PDF format.
It sounds like we’re going to have to know and be able to apply two sets of principles, as private companies and non-profits won’t be required to switch that early, if at all.
A proposal being looked at right now is having a Framework for Owner-Managed Enterprises, which is based on a pared-down version of current Canadian GAAP. Either know both or limit your possible clients.
At least we won’t have to learn two sets from scratch, but hopefully down the line there’s a more elegant solution to the problem.