Who we are
The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) is the qualifying and governing body of the actuarial profession in Canada. We develop and uphold rigorous standards, share our risk management expertise and advance actuarial science to improve lives in Canada and around the world. Our more than 6,000 members apply their knowledge of math, statistics, data analytics and business in providing services and advice of the highest quality to help Canadian people and organizations face the future with confidence.
Financial security for all Canadians.
As the qualifying and governing body of the actuarial profession in Canada, we develop and uphold rigorous standards, share our risk management expertise and advance actuarial science for the financial well-being of society.
- We care about principles. Professionalism defines us. We are trustworthy and accountable, and we uphold strict ethical principles.
- We care about people. We foster a diverse and inclusive environment. We put the public interest ahead of our own.
- We care about the future. Foresight is our strength. We anticipate risk to evolve with our changing environment.
- In carrying out its activities and programs, the Institute holds the duty of the profession to the public above the needs of the profession and its members.
- To ensure that services are provided by qualified individuals, the Institute maintains publicly visible programs and procedures for the attainment and maintenance of professional qualification by its members.
- The Institute develops standards of professional practice and rules of professional conduct and, through its disciplinary process, ensures their compliance by its members.
- The Institute promotes the development of a body of expert actuarial knowledge and practice relevant to Canadian social and economic needs. It encourages actuarial research and scholarly activity and the dissemination of the results among its members. It encourages the application of actuarial science and technique to new areas where these are relevant.
- The Institute cooperates with governments and public bodies and makes timely and relevant contributions to public policy issues.
- To assure a continuing supply of qualified professionals, the Institute encourages the recruitment and training of new actuaries.
- The Institute serves the professional needs of all Canadian actuaries regardless of area of practice, language, or geographic region.
- To assist its members in their professional activities, the Institute develops technical support including collection and analysis of statistical data, and the publication of actuarial handbooks and texts.
- The Institute represents Canadian actuaries internationally and cooperates with other national actuarial bodies in areas of mutual interest.
- The Institute provides opportunities for the professional development of its members.
What we do
We empower actuaries and the people and organizations we work with to better model the future, build trust, maintain integrity, stay relevant, manage risk and serve the public good. We help our members and those they advise to move forward confidently in a world defined by change.
We promote the advancement of actuarial science through research.
We provide for the education and qualification of members and prospective members.
We ensure that the actuarial services our members provide meet our high professional standards.
We self-regulate and enforce rules of professional conduct.
We advocate for the profession with governments and decision makers in the development of public policy.
Our members and volunteers
A membership of professionals
Our members are Canada’s actuaries. They protect the public interest and adhere to rigorous standards, share their risk management expertise and produce high-quality research to enhance the value and scope of actuarial science in Canada and around the world. Their professionalism and powerful skills are what keep our organization at the forefront of actuarial research, practice and policy-making.
By the strength of volunteers
Our history is rooted in the strength of volunteers. They founded and continue to grow the Institute through efforts in research, standards development and education. Over 700 CIA volunteers share their time, knowledge and objectivity to help ensure the financial security of all Canadians.
Read about the immense value and contribution of our volunteers in the Institute’s 2023 Strength in Numbers: The CIA’s Report on Volunteerism.
Our strength as an organization is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our volunteers.
CIA Legacy Awards
See the Legacy Tree featuring members who have forever impacted the Institute.Learn more about the CIA legacy tree
Celebrate the individuals making significant impacts on actuarial practice in Canada.See 2023’s award recipients