Greater Opportunities

Join the more than 190,000 Canadian CPAs across all sectors of the workforce

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 Accountants. You have the widest range of opportunities, so you can choose the environment that you want to work in. 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.

Unified under one designation, CPAs play key roles within diverse segments of the economy including industry, public accounting, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They offer a strong set of accounting and managerial skills required for today’s complex and evolving environment. These professional accountants are highly attractive to employers and recruiters for the solid training and expertise that contribute to improved efficiency and growth.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW PLACE YOU'LL FIND CPAs:

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.
CPAs add value to organizations in roles such as:

  • CEO
  • president
  • CFO/vice-president of finance
  • treasurer
  • controller
  • consultant
  • systems developer

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
  • process deployment and improvement
  • developing strategies for securing financing
  • corporate and personal income tax planning
  • information technology need analysis
  • assurance (audits and reviews)
  • preparing and analyzing financial information
  • acting as trustee for receivership, insolvency or bankruptcy
  • developing management controls
  • management consulting
  • forensic accounting and litigation support

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, values and ethics.

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.