Career Resources for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals

Your profession has many branches; and licensing of accountants, auditors, financial analysts and business professionals is different from Province to Province. Some Provinces and Territories will require credential recognition or even examination for licensure in some aspects of business and finance, and not in others. It’s best to research what your particular area requires, in order for you to practice your profession in the way that suits you best.

The links in this section can help you find out what you need to do, and how you can do it, in order to get back to work.


All of Canada:

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) has information and links for Internationally Educated Accountants and Auditors wishing to pursue their careers in Canada.

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants is an organization representing the chartered accounting profession in Canada, both nationally and internationally.

The http://www.cga-canada.org/en-ca/Pages/default.aspx">Certified General Accountants Association of Canada is an association representing CGAs in Canada’s accounting profession. They also offer an online Self-Assessment Tool so you can perform a general assessment of how your credentials will work in Canada.

Certified Managerial Accountants of Canada is a professional society representing CMAs across the country.

Canadian Securities Institute is the leading provider of financial services education and credentials that help start or advance a financial services career in Canada.

The Government of Canada’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office has links and information for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals interested in practicing as Chartered Accountants (CAs), Certified General Accountants (CGAs), and Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) in Canada.


Ontario:

York University offers programs for Internationally Educated Business Professionals who want to bridge their professional qualifications to work in Canada.

Mohawk College offers Enhanced Language Training, including cultural interaction, workplace communication, and help with designing a résumé and planning a career path.

Algonquin College has both bridging programs and occupation-specific language training for Internationally Educated Finance and Administration Professionals who want to work in Canada.

The Government of Ontario has a page of information and links for Internationally Educated Accountants who wish to bridge their qualifications to work in the Province.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) of Windsor offers Enhanced Language Training for women who are Internationally Educated Finance and Accounting Professionals.

Ryerson University’s Chang School offers training for Internationally Educated Accounting and Finance Professionals who want to bring their qualifications into line with Canadian requirements.

The Centre for Skills Development and Training provides Enhanced Language Training for Internationally Educated Business People, which is a 12-week full-time program.

The Provincial Government’s e-Career Maps show paths Internationally Educated Finance Professionals can take to working as CGAs and CMAs.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has comprehensive information for those wishing to continue their accounting careers in Ontario.

Certified General Accountants of Ontario has an information page for Internationally Educated Financial Professionals.

Certified Management Accountants of Ontario offers information and links for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals.

Financial Services Connections is a program for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals to integrate into the Canadian workforce, delivered by ACCES Employment in collaboration with George Brown College.


British Columbia:

The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia provides a fact sheet for Internationally Educated Financial Professionals wishing to practice in British Columbia as CGAs.

The Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia has an information page for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals wishing to practice in the Province.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia offers information for Internationally Trained Finance Professionals.

BC Work Futures has an occupational profile for Financial Auditors and Accountants working in British Columbia.

The BC Internationally Trained Professionals Network has many professional resources for financial and business professionals.


Alberta:

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers offers a bridging program for Internationally Educated Accounting Professionals who wish to work in Canada.

Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) has occupational profiles for Accountants and Internal Auditors in the Province.

The Government of Alberta provides process flowcharts and certification information for Internationally Trained CMAs, CGAs, and CAs in Alberta.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta, and Certified Management Accountants Alberta are the professional associations for Accountancy in the Province.


Saskatchewan:

The Certified General Accountants Association of Saskatchewan offers a full-time bridging program, including 3 months of work experience, for Internationally Trained Accounting Professionals who wish to continue their careers in the Province.

Saskimmigration provides a flowchart, process map and other information for Internationally Educated CMAs, CGAs, and CAs who want to know how to become licensed to practice in Saskatchewan.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Certified Management Accountants of Saskatchewan, and the Certified General Accountants Association of Saskatchewan are the professional associations for Accountancy in the Province.


Manitoba:

Manitoba Job Futures provides an occupational profile for Financial Auditors and Accountants working in Manitoba, including a list of job titles.

The Government of Manitoba provides a guide to the licensing steps necessary for Internationally Trained Financial Professionals wishing to work as Chartered Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, or Certified General Accountants in Manitoba.

The Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba offers a Program of Professional Studies to bridge internationally qualifications, and help Internationally Educated Accounting Professionals obtain the relevant skills to continue in the profession in Canada.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba is the professional association for Chartered Accountants in the Province.

Certified Management Accountants of Manitoba has a page with resources for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals.


Québec:

Immigration-Québec has an information page for French-speaking Internationally Trained Finance Professionals: la profession de comptable agréé, la profession de comptable général licencié, and la profession de comptable en management accrédité.


New Brunswick:

The Government of New Brunswick provides a guide to the licensing steps necessary for Internationally Trained Financial Professionals wishing to work as Chartered Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, or Certified General Accountants in New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants has a page with information for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals.

The Certified General Accountants Association of New Brunswick, Certified Management Accountants New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants are the professional associations for Accountancy in the Province.


Prince Edward Island:

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) offers assistance for qualification recognition, including translation of documents.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Prince Edward Island, Certified Management Accountants Prince Edward Island, and the Certified General Accountants Association of Prince Edward Island are the Accountancy professional associations for the Province.


Nova Scotia:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia has a webpage for Internationally Educated Finance Professionals.

The Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia and Certified Management Accountants Nova Scotia and Bermuda are professional associations for Accountancy in the Province.


Newfoundland and Labrador:

Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador is the professional association for CAs in the Province.

The Certified General Accountants Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is the professional CGAs organization in the Province.

Certified Management Accountants Newfoundland and Labrador is the professional association for CMAs in the Province.

The Association for New Canadians offers English language assessment and training, and employment bridging programs for newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador.


Nunavut:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and the Certified General Accountants Association of the Northwest territories/ Nunavut are the governing body of the accounting profession in those Territories.


Northwest Territories:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and the Certified General Accountants Association of the Northwest territories/ Nunavut are the governing body of the accounting profession in those Territories.


Yukon:

Chartered Accountants of the Yukon and the Certified General Accountants’ Association of the Yukon are the Accountancy professional bodies in the Territory.


With the help of these resources, we hope you’ll soon be back working in your profession, and advancing your career in Canada. We wish you all the best!