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Dear All,

Those Accountants who are currently under immigration process or those who have already received the PR (and of course the ones who are successfully perusing Accounting career... to help new-comers), let us network and share information regarding various aspects of accounting profession in Canada.

Let us join this forum to help each other to have successful accounting career in Canada...

Regards,
AAJ
 
 

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It seems that there is only one accountant in this forum... :)

Anyhow, wanted to share below, if it helps for some...


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[size=10pt]Accounting in Canada[/size]

In Canada, accountants can be found in many businesses, organizations and levels of government where they perform a wide range of finance, accounting and management functions. They also work in the regulated field of public practice, providing accounting, assurance, tax and business advisory services for a diverse range of clients.

Accountants in Canada may do work similar to that of accountants in your home country, but there are important distinctions. Canada has three accounting bodies, each with its own education, examination and experience requirements.

Certified General Accountant (CGA)

A certified general accountant (CGA) is an accounting professional with expertise in finance, taxation, business strategy, auditing, management and business leadership. CGAs must meet the educational, experience and examination requirements established and regularly updated by CGA-Canada. They work in industry, commerce, finance, government, public practice and the not-for-profit sector.

Chartered Accountants (CA)


A chartered accountant (CA) must be a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is required to have practical training with a public accounting firm.

Certified Management Accountants (CMA)

Certified management accountants (CMAs) are usually involved in cost or management accounting, but can also work in strategic planning, sales and marketing, information technology, human resources, finance and operations. The Society of Management Accountants awards this designation in Canada.

This fact sheet will introduce you to the basic pathway to qualify as a certified general accountant, one of many professions in Canada’s financial sector.

Before You Come to Canada

While you are waiting to go to Canada, there are many important things you can do to improve your chances of success.

The FCRO provides you with helpful resources such as the Planning to Work in Canada? workbook. Use these resources to find important information and to develop your job-search plan.

You will need to prove your language skills in English or French or be tested. If you need to improve your language skills, start before you come to Canada.

Your official education, work and identity documents are important. It is much easier for you to gather and organize your documents while still in your home country. Be sure to bring work references, employment records and a letter of good standing from your home professional accounting body.

If your documents are not in French or English, they may require translation. You may have to use a professional translation service in Canada.
Becoming a Certified General Accountant in Canada

If you are currently certified as a professional accountant, check to see if your accounting organization has a mutual recognition agreement with CGA-Canada.

If your accounting organization does not have a mutual recognition program with CGA-Canada, you can still become a CGA. There are three requirements to meet before the CGA designation is granted. Each province may have its own additional requirements.

Candidates must:

Complete the CGA Program of Professional Studies. Courses deemed equivalent may enable advanced standing in the program.
Earn a bachelor’s degree: Any discipline is acceptable. International degrees need to be deemed equivalent to a Canadian bachelor-level university degree by the credential assessment agency recommended by the provincial CGA association.
Gain approved professional work experience. International experience may be recognized with appropriate third-party confirmation. At least one year of Canadian experience is required.

CGA Program of Professional Studies


The CGA Program of Professional Studies has many entry points to reflect the skills and educational background of candidates.

If you possess a bachelor’s degree, you may be awarded credit up to the first four levels of the CGA Program depending on your major and the courses taken. If you have a diploma, you may receive credit for some CGA Program levels. You will still need to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Finding a Job in Canada

There is a strong need for professional accountants in Canada. However, the qualification requirements for the CGA designation—and for other Canadian accounting designations—are demanding. As well, in order to succeed in the workplace, strong communication skills in English or French are critical.

One of the benefits of the CGA Program of Professional Studies is that it enables candidates to work full time while they complete their CGA studies and meet their certification requirements.

Bridging programs are becoming more common in the accounting profession. Bridging programs ease the transition from your international training and experience to the Canadian workplace.

Do some research to see which accounting firms or immigrant-serving organizations have bridging programs.

It is important to be in contact with the provincial CGA association for the province where you plan to live and work. This will allow you to see the work study options available in that province.
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Source: http://www.credentials.gc.ca/immigrants/factsheets/accountant.asp
 

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Nice thread AAJ. I am in buddy. So far I did not do any great amount of research hence, at least at the moment, I am not able to contribute to this thread.
 

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good one... what's the best place to land for accountants?
 

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Hi AAJ,

Networking is important here and secondly try to enrol for CGA ,CMA, accountant bodies before moving permanently

Don't expect much for job here and prepare urself mentally for survival jobs
 
 

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Please count me in. Chartered accountant, India and certified public accountant from US of A
 

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does this USA CPA is of any help in Canada to get jobs?
 

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Yes

parry1901 said:
does this USA CPA is of any help in Canada to get jobs?
 

AAJ

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parry1901 said:
good one... what's the best place to land for accountants?
Well, Toronto is always the best place to land for obvious reasons... But for accountants, I have heard good about Calgary as well. However, wherever you land, getting Canadian education is a must...
 
 

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coolguy2010 said:
Hi AAJ,

Networking is important here and secondly try to enrol for CGA ,CMA, accountant bodies before moving permanently

Don't expect much for job here and prepare urself mentally for survival jobs
Hi Coolguy,

Yes, heard a lot about survival jobs (will get more details about it once you are back to Dubai :))... Can you please check one thing while being there? How can we transfer credits from ACCA to CGA (as ACCA students, not members since, members can get CGA using MRA)? I have read somewhere that as ACCA students, we need to have at least 65% marks in each subject to transfer credit, otherwise that subject can be rejected by CGA (Ontario)? Can you somehow get authentic information about it?
 

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parry1901 said:
does this USA CPA is of any help in Canada to get jobs?
Well, from memory, I think that you get exemption for three levels (out of four) if you have USA CPA. Please see below link, which is a very good source to help you to get an idea of potential exemptions based on your previous education. Actually, everyone can use it...

http://www.accountantstocanada.org/Pages/en-ca/Default.htm#&Panel1-1
 

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I heard that CICA & CGA will be merged from this year giving it a new name CPAone.
 

AAJ

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parry1901 said:
I heard that CICA & CGA will be merged from this year giving it a new name CPAone.
CMA and CA are definitely going to be merged. However, CGA is still reluctant. Earlier, CGA opt out of the talks but now they have re-joined the efforts at provincial levels. However, as per the latest news, Ontario and Manitoba are still out...

But it will be good if all these are merged...
 
 

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Integration Agreement between CPA Canada and CGA-Canada approved by both national boards and CGA Affiliation Council. The voting will be finished by 7 October 2013, let’s see what will be the outcome. http://cpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Letter-from-CGA-Canada.pdf

CA and CMA have already merged at national and provincial levels. CGA Ontario and Manitoba will have no option if the vote received are in favor of integration. There are some interesting rumors going on that these two provinces may even merge with ACCA and loose the right to use CGA designation.
See this “For the record” statement which was created by CPA Canada to address some of the statement of CGA Ontario and CGA Manitoba
http://cpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CPA_ForTheRecord_V6.pdf
 

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Integration Agreement between CPA Canada and CGA-Canada approved by both national boards and CGA Affiliation Council. The voting will be finished by 7 October 2013, let's see what will be the outcome. http://cpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Letter-from-CGA-Canada.pdf

CA and CMA have already merged at national and provincial levels. CGA Ontario and Manitoba will have no option if the vote received are in favor of integration. There are some interesting rumors going on that these two provinces may even merge with ACCA and loose the right to use CGA designation.
See this “For the record” statement which was created by CPA Canada to address some of the statement of CGA Ontario and CGA Manitoba
http://cpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CPA_ForTheRecord_V6.pdf
Nice info Bro