Become a CPA

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Benefits

Learn about the benefits of becoming a CPA in Canada, and how having your CPA can enhance your career goals, and earning potential.

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Every organization needs an accounting and business professional. Every tech start-up, financial institution, entertainment company, non-profit, government agency — everyone — needs the skills you can provide as a Chartered Professional Accountant. You have the widest range of opportunities, so you can choose your working environment. Regardless of your industry sector, your job is to be a forward-thinking financial leader and to apply the knowledge you’ve gained from the CPA designation to make important financial and business decisions.

Highly qualified professionals in the accounting, business and finance field will always be in demand. With a Canadian CPA designation, you can be sure that you’re trained to meet Canadian and international market needs and that there is always room to grow. 

HERE ARE JUST A FEW PLACES YOU'LL FIND A CPA:

INDUSTRY

CPAs working in industry provide valuable input on key decisions, apply a unique blend of expertise to identify new market opportunities, ensure corporate accountability, manage risk and help the company maintain a long-term competitive advantage.

PUBLIC PRACTICE

CPAs working in public practice provide their clients with services such as:

  • Start-up counselling

  • Purchases and sales of businesses

  • Business valuations

  • Business planning and financial projections

  • Developing strategies for securing financing

  • Corporate and personal income tax planning

  • Assurance (audits and reviews)

  • Preparing and analyzing financial information

GOVERNMENT

CPAs work at all levels of government providing accounting expertise to guide financial planning and to maintain fiscal control. Roles include tax auditors, policy planners and financial analysts.

EDUCATION

Many CPAs are educators who teach future leaders about business, strategy and ethics. CPAs are also regularly found running major educational institutions around the world.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

Stakeholders, including the general public, are taking a greater interest in the administration of organizations receiving donor dollars, tax benefits or government grants. CPAs help not-for-profit bodies with effective strategy development, accounting stewardship and the delivery of high-quality transparent annual reports.