ACCA Canada Orientation Guide

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  There are over 1,900 ACCA members and affiliates and over 800 ACCA students in Canada presently. Many ACCA members are employed across Canada in public accounting firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Others are employed in various other industries, including government agencies, Human Resources and recruiting, manufacturing, oil & gas, etc.
  ACCA Canada is engaged in a number of initiatives designed to raise awareness of ACCA with the business community, such as a high profile conferences, articles and advertisements in major business magazines and newspapers, and Sustainability Reporting Awards. Other ACCA members in Canada are also very supportive of new members arriving to Canada so prospects for ACCAs are improving.
  While the ACCA designation does not have statutory recognition in Canada for the practice of public accounting, opportunities exist in various industry sectors, public practice and government agencies. Members will need to demonstrate their skills and training to Canadian employers and recruiters, and be prepared to promote awareness of the quality of the ACCA designation. For convenience, summary information about the standard of the ACCA qualification is provided below. ACCA is governed by the regulations of the UK Companies Act which state that the final level of the examinations must be at least equivalent to a three year UK degree. Completion of Parts 1 and 2 of the syllabus provides the option for students to apply for a BSc in Applied Accounting awarded by Oxford Brookes University. The Part 3 examinations are comparable to that required in the final examination of a UK Masters degree.
  Should you have further questions concerning the ACCA program, please contact ACCA's global customer service centre or ACCA Canada office:
  ACCA Connect ACCA Canada
  2 Central Quay
  55 St. Clair Ave. West
  89 Hydepark Street Suite 255 Glasgow G3 8BW Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7 United Kingdom Canada Tel: 011 44 141 582 2000 Tel: 416 966 2225 Fax: 011 44 141 582 2222 Fax: 416 967 6320 E-mail: E-mail:
  This guide has been produced by ACCA Canada office. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this booklet is accurateON ARRIVAL
  On arrival in Canada we suggest that you: 1.
  10. Utilize some of the resources not-for-profit agencies and employers have been developing to assist ‘New Canadians’ to find their way more easily into the workforce and build up the contacts and network they need, for example, job preparation programs, mentoring, internships, and volunteer board positions with registered charities and voluntary work placements.
  Through various profile-building activities ACCA Canada has raised the awareness of the ACCA designation with many Canadian employers in order to assist members and students in finding employment with these organizations in Canada. Listed below are the Canadian Approved and Linked Employers. However, your search for employment need not be limited to this list.
  Profiles and Contact Information for the ACCA Canada Committee, including representatives in the different parts of Canada are given on the ACCA Canada Website under ‘About ACCA Canada’ and ‘ACCA Canada Board of Officers’.
  It is very important that you keep your thoughts on the positive side while settling in Canada. A positive attitude will be evident to the people you meet with and will go a long way to helping to secure employment.
  World Education Services or other Canadian institutions such as CGA-Canada (Certified General Accountants of Canada).
  11. Obtain an evaluation of your qualifications by
  9. Consider taking a part-time job or contract work until you are established here. The Canadian job market is actually far more geared to this kind of employment in the 21st century, even for all levels of senior financial management and members should be prepared to adapt, if necessary, to this job market.
  Contact ACCA Connect to update your mailing and employment details. Alternatively, you can do this yourself through the ACCA website and your MyACCA login. If you do not update your details, you will not receive correspondence from the Canadian office, as well as newsletters and information about various activities and events in Canada.
  8. Be prepared to take any reasonable job offered to get some initial experience in the Canadian workplace.
  7. Prepare your portfolio showing references from various sources i.e. bank and character references as well as those referring to previous employment.
  6. Prepare your resume (CV) in Canadian format (see examples at the back of this guide).
  5. Open a Canadian bank account.
  4. Apply for your driving licence.
  3. Apply for child tax benefits if applicable. The form is available from the Canada Revenue Agency .
  2. Apply for your SIN (Social Insurance Number) number and apply for the GST (Goods and Services Tax) rebate – request the forms for new immigrants for both of these from the Canada Revenue Agency .LOCAL ACCA CONTACTS
  These organizations have been approved by ACCA to cover members’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements through their learning and development systems. Members can complete their ACCA Realise requirements automatically as employees of these organizations in Canada.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is one of the major Canadian banks and posts many of its accounting and finance or senior financial management positions as open to ACCAs:
Ernst & Young LLP is a Big Four accounting firm who have posted jobs in the national press including ACCA as
  one of the designations that they are looking for from candidates. The firm has recently obtained its Approved Employer status in support of the Continuing Professional Development of ACCA members for all its Canadian operations:
OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) is a leading public sector employees pension fund
  with extensive operations and ownership of other enterprises in Ontario, Canada and globally. They became an Approved Employer for CPD with ACCA in September 2007.
  The Bank of Montreal (BMO Financial Group) is a major Canadian Bank.
UBS Global is a premier global financial services firm offering wealth management, investment banking, asset management and business banking services to clients. UBS is globally approved with ACCA.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. They
  have global accreditation as an Approved Employer with ACCA for the training and development they provide their staff: Other global Approved Employers for CPD purposes with significant operations in Canada include: American Express General Electric HSBC (;,
  IBM Worldwide Accounting Microsoft Philips The Proctor & Gamble Company Thompson Reuters Shell Standard Life Unilever There are also a number of firms in the process of applying for approval and who have conditional approval with ACCA until this process is finalized. If you are employed by one of these firms then you might expect your CPD within the firm, at that juncture.
KPMG LLP is one of the Big Four Accounting firms with offices across Canada. For job opportunities please visit their Careers section at
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP is one of the Big Four accounting firms For job opportunities please visit their Careers section at
Schwartz Levitsky Feldman LLP is one of the largest accounting firm in Canada with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, the firm has applied for Approved Employer. For job opportunities please contact
  Schwartz Levitsky Feldman LLP is also a member of HLB International - a worldwide network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisors
Scotiabank is one of North America's leading financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. The bank is in the process of extending this approval to all its global operations. OTHER EMPLOYERS
Canadian Tire is one of Canada's 35 largest publicly traded companies and operates an inter-related network of businesses engaged in retailing (hardgoods, apparel and petroleum) and services (financial and automotive).
Direct Energy is a leading North American supplier of energy and related services for residential and business
  customers; a subsidiary of a major UK energy company (Centrica). To view their current employment opportunities please visit:
Alcan is the world’s second largest producer of primary aluminum and a predominant global producer of value-
  added engineered products in aerospace, automotive and beverage cans. Headquartered in Montreal:
City of London, Ontario is a city of 350,000 people about two hours to the west of Toronto. London is regarded as a superior place to live and the City is actively interested in recruiting financial staff for its operations.
  Interested members should check the City’s website, or contact Tina Tewkesbury in the Human Resources department,
Dell Canada. Dell are a leading technology provider who are an Approved Employer with ACCA in Ireland and the UK.
DHL Express Canada. Global organization with over 30 years of international experience, domestic coverage to
  every postal code in Canada and worldwide coverage to over 220 countries. You can send your resume to
  Other Canadian organizations that are familiar with the ACCA designation and have recruited or have ACCAs on their staff, and who you may wish to contact or peruse the websites of, for suitable jobs opportunities, include: ABC Group Accountemps AccPac International Inc. Agricore United, Winnipeg Agrium, Calgary Alterra Assante Financial Management ATI Technologies Aventis Pasteur Ltd. Bell Canada, Vancouver Benjamin Moore & Co Limited BlueCat Networks Inc. Brookfield Residential Services Ltd Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) City of Vancouver Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Canada Revenue Agency Celestica Cellex Power Products Inc Centennial College CIBC World Markets Cigna Life Insurance Company of Canada Cirque du Soleil City of Mississauga City of Toronto Coats & Clark Canada Coca-Cola Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., Vancouver Community Living British Columbia Conseil Scolaire De District Catholique Centre Sud Domtar, Montreal Doubleday Canada Limited Duke Energy Dyadem International Encore Cruises
  EPI Environmental Products Inc., Vancouver Esso Resources Canada Ltd., Calgary EthicScan Canada Executive Risk Services Limited Export Development Corporation Fairchild Radio Group Ltd., Vancouver and Toronto Falconbridge Ltd.
  Federal Express of Canada Fern Mist Enterprises Ltd. FNF Canada Company Financial Institutions Commission, Vancouver Gerling Global Reinsurance Company GlaxoSmithKline Goldfarb Shulman Patel & Co. Grand & Toy, Montreal Grant Thornton, Vancouver Hakim Optical Hattin Moses Sugarman & Co Hays Personnel Hudsons Bay Company Hydro One Imax Corporation Inco
  ING Canada International Financial Data Services Investors Group, Markham, Calgary, Edmonton Kellogg Company Kingsway College Kingsway General Insurance Lipton Wiseman Altbaum & Partners Little Mountain Residential Care & Housing Society, Vancouver Loccitane En Provence Malaspina University College, Nanaimo Manulife Financial Maple Leaf Foods Moore Stephens Cooper Molyneux LLP Morguard Investments Ltd MRS Group of Companies Nestle Canada Nexen Inc., Calgary Oilexco, Calgary Ontario Management Board
  Secretariat Ontario March of Dimes, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Ontario New Home Warranty Program Organon Canada Ltd Petro Canada, Calgary Phillips Petroleum, Calgary Potash, Saskatoon Prime Management Group Radian Communication Service Robert Half Management Resources Rogers Communications Inc.
  Rosenberg Smith and Partners Royal & Sunalliance Insurance Co Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Financial) Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa SB Partners Sears Canada Inc Shoppers Drug Mart Sing Tao (Canada) Ltd., Vancouver Smith-Nixon Smucker Foods of Canada Co.
  Sobeys St. Lawrence Cement State Street Stikeman Elliott LLP, Vancouver Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Suncor Energy, Calgary Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre Syncrude Canada Ltd T & T Supermarket Inc., Richmond BC TD Bank Financial Group The Bank Of East Asia (Canada) The Canadian National Institute for the Blind The Great West Life Assurance Company The Nature Conservancy of Canada The Sacks Partnership The TDL Group Ltd.
  Toronto Police Service Toronto Public Library Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc., Cambridge Ontario TransCanada Turbines Ltd., Calgary Truster Zweig LLP, Richmond BC Turner Moore LLP Twentieth Century Fox/Incendo TV Distribution Inc.
  University of British Columbia Van Houtte Coffee Services Vancity William F White Ltd Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
  Networking is very important in Canada. Try to build up your networking group through student and member contacts, social engagements and other groups, particularly professional, with which you may become involved.
ACCA Canada events are listed here. Please also see the article ‘Networking Your Way to the Top’ after the sample resumes at the end of this guide.RESOURCES FOR NEW CANADIANS
  The government and large Canadian employers have become aware of the difficulties new immigrants to Canada face and the need for the Canadian economy to integrate these new Canadians rapidly into the workforce. As a result, many resources have been developed, especially in Toronto, to assist foreign-trained professionals.
  Job Preparation Programs
  The first thing new Canadians need to do is attend and complete a Job Preparation Program to give them the job search and other related skills to be able to properly look for and find suitable positions in their local economy. These programs are usually government or community agency funded and available through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and can be found on their website under Policies and Programs. There are a number of organizations in the Greater Vancouver Area as well that work with skilled immigrants to help them integrate into the labour market with services that have been developed to meet the local labour market needs. One of the organizations is Immigration Employment Council of BC Here are some of the pitfalls that may stand in your way of obtaining employment:
  Top 10 Things that Might be Holding You Back from Landing Your Dream Job…
1. Don’t let your parents get too involved with your job search – your parents can definitely offer you some
  great job searching advice and even give you some great contacts for networking but don’t let your parents hand out your resumes for you.
2. Don’t use the same resume for every job application – think of your resume as a sales and marketing tool and tailor it accordingly to the audience.
3. Don’t think the job will find you rather than you finding the job – start creating a path to your desired position rather than waiting for one to appear.
4. Ineffective use of networking – networking can be extremely valuable, think of the 6 degrees of separation and how you can use that to your advantage.
5. Expectations are too high for the position you are looking for – don't expect to start at the top, or even the middle. You have to prove yourself from the ground up.
6. Don’t work on a job search in-between going to the beach and the gym – treat your job search as a full time job.
7. Looking for jobs rather than looking for companies – when you pursue a job you are actually setting
8. Not tapping into the ‘hidden job market’ – you may be uncomfortable at first but alumni associations,
  professional associations, meetings and events, conferences and trade shows, member directories, etc. could also be of great value to your job search.
9. Neglecting to apply for volunteer positions – volunteering is a great way to expand your network and gain industry experience.
  10. Be optimistic! New Canadian Job Fairs
  These are offered all across Canada by the North American Strategizing Institute. They feature many employers who are looking for a diversified workforce and recognize the potential that internationally-trained professionals bring to Canada and its businesses. You can find out about upcoming ones and locations from their website:
  You may also want to check out some of the job banks: Job Bank is a governemnt of Canada website, which not only offers services to job seekers and employers, but also provides information on Canadian labour standards and labour market. is a job search website, and a full-service recruitment firm. It provides services to both job seekers and employers within the Greater Toronto Area. is a job search website, which will also help you put together your resume and cover letter, as well as provide career advices. is a job search website, which contains jobs from various industries. is a job search website, which also connects job applicants and employers.
  Internships and Mentoring
  The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is a multi-stakeholder council that is working to improve access to employment for immigrants in the Toronto region, to utilize the skills, education and experience brought to Canada: From this site you can contact two other primary resources:
Career Bridge creates paid internship opportunities with employers that are committed to providing relevant work experience to professional-level newcomers
The Mentoring Partnership matches skilled immigrants with established professionals who share the same
  occupation. ACCA Canada is a corporate partner of TRIEC and The Mentoring Partnership and has also utilized this program to assist us in running our own mentoring program for members in Canada. Members who have established themselves in Canada can satisfy their CPD requirements by mentoring more junior ACCA members. Members who are new Canadians can gain help from this program so they are better able to use the skills, education and experience they bring with them to Canada.
  Mentees need to meet specific screening requirements and to have completed a Job Preparation Program as detailed above to qualify. Please see the Mentoring Partnership website for more information on this program.
  Candidates who do not meet program criteria may nevertheless be eligible for an online mentoring program called Canada Info net which can be accessed at: CanadaInfoNet provides mentoring, resources, and forums that assist skilled, experienced, and expert professionals and business and trades people who are new to Canada, or are considering immigrating to Canada.
  There are also a number of organizations in the Greater Vancouver Area that work with skilled immigrants to help them integrate into the labour market with services that have been developed to meet the local labour market needs. Here is a website that is very useful for identifying community resources and programs:
  Other Co-Op Opportunities
  North American College provides mentoring, experience and exposure to the preparation of financial statements in Canada, operating a Canadian Experience Reference Building program. MEMBER SUPPORT
  Many members also actively assist newer members and new immigrants to Canada. You will have a chance to meet them at ACCA Canada events. You should also send a copy of your resume in Canadian format to the ACCA Canada office in case members provide the office with information on openings with their organizations. Members and students can find Canadian jobs posted on the global website by loging into their MyACCA account from the top bar.TRADE/INDUSTRIAL DIRECTORIES AND PUBLICATIONS
  Visit the public libraries and make use of trade publications, such as Scott’s Industrial Directory and The Commercial Trade Directory. These will include the names of all companies in any given area. These publications can be a very useful aid in the search for job. You can obtain details of contacts within organizations (targeting those sectors in which you have previous experience) and then ‘cold call’ to see if they have any openings. Door to door job searches can be very effective and impress prospective employers.RECRUITMENT AGENCIES
  A recruiting firm matches companies with people seeking temporary or full-time employment. A recruiter presents positions to candidates based on the specific requirement that a client company has; and how that requirement matches a candidate's skill set. Be sure to invest some time in screening firms to make sure you select the best partner for your job search. Identify firms that meet your needs based on the information you have, and develop questions to ask representatives at each firm. To maximize the benefits of your relationship with a recruiter, be proactive by contacting them regularly to keep them informed of your job search and to learn of positions they are working on. Robert Half Canada Hays
  Global Recruitment Solutions Canada Marberg www.marberg.comNEWSPAPERS CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS
  Canada has two national newspapers and hundreds of local newspapers. The Globe and Mail runs advertisements every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their website address is The
Financial Post section of the National Post primarily advertises senior executive positions You may also want to check out local newspapers: Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun and others.FURTHER FINANCIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) exists between ACCA and the Certified General Accountants of Canada ( CGA-Canada ) allowing reciprocal membership if a member has completed the required local tax and law courses. There are also opportunities to obtain further related financial qualifications lke CIA, CFE or ACFI which can assist ACCAs to develop their careers in particular specialist areas. Some ACCA members also pursue other recognized Canadian designations like CA or CMA. Listed below are further information on these.
  Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA)
  700-1188 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia
  V6E 4A2 Tel: 604-669-3555 Fax: 604-689-5845 Website: E-mail: This MRA strengthens the already excellent relationship between the two bodies and provides a route for qualified members of either body to become a member of the other body, and to enjoy the benefits which both organisations can offer, which include increased international recognition and improved professional mobility.
  Central to the agreement is the requirement that, in order to gain membership of each body, members of both bodies must successfully complete an overview course in Canadian/UK tax and law, approved by both ACCA and CGA-Canada. The CGA-Canada course is now available online, thereby allowing ACCA members to commence the application process to become members of CGA-Canada.
  Please note that:
   Members of both bodies who apply under the terms of this agreement will be required to maintain membership of their original designation;  The MRA does not convey practice rights; members of both bodies wishing to obtain a practising certificate for general public practice or audit work from either ACCA or CGA-Canada will have to meet the additional requirements specified by each body.
  CGAs wishing to apply for membership of ACCA should use the application form in the 'Related documents' area on this page. ACCA members can obtain the relevant CGA application form di

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