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Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information.
The NOC classifies the following accounting occupations in Canada:
Public Accountant
Internal Auditor
Tax Advisor
Chief Financial Officer
Accounting Manager
Manager of Financial Reporting

Credentials recognition

Generally, provincial and territorial accounting associations can help you with information about the steps you are required to take in order to practice your profession in Canada. However, in most cases, they cannot help with assessing your credentials prior to your arrival in Canada. For this purpose, you need to contact the national association that governs your branch of the accounting profession. Either they themselves offer the assessment services or they recommend to you evaluation services that they deal with to do that.

Credentials assessment services 

If you need to assess your academic credentials because you are applying to a Canadian university or because an employer has asked for a copy of your academic credentials’ assessment, you can contact one of the below agencies:

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada

To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office website for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

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Best locations

Since every business needs accountants, most Canadian cities offer employment opportunities in the accounting sector, however, big cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal offer a real concentration of companies.

Choosing a City

Major employers

To view a list of accounting firms in Canada, click here.
You can also visit the Best Employers for New Canadians website. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.
Another website to check is TRIEC’s Immigrant Success Awards  which recognizes employer leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area.