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Immigration to Canada as an Accountant

Are you interested in immigrating to Canada and currently working and hold experience as an accountant in your home country? We have good news! Canada is looking for individuals who hold accounting skills. There are several accounting job positions Canada considers skilled workers such as financial auditors and accountants, accounting technicians and bookkeepers, accounting and related clerks, and sales and account representatives.

Job Description (NOC 1111)

Accountants use their education and experience to examine and/or create the accuracy of financial statements for a company or individual. An accountant’s main responsibility is ensuring the accuracy of financial documents as well as complying with relevant laws and regulations.

Salary Average in Canada: $58k CAD per year

There are several NOC codes for accountants although the main one is NOC 1111.

NOC 1111 – Financial auditors and accountants

NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

NOC 1431 – Accounting and related clerks

NOC 6411 – Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (non-technical)

Canadian Accountant Requirements

In order to immigrate to Canada as an accountant, you will most likely need chartered or regulated status in your home country. Basically, through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) or Reciprocal Membership Agreement (RMA), certified and chartered accountants in various countries are recognized as qualified to Canadian standards. If you fall into one of these categories, you might have rights to Canadian certification.

In addition to obtaining a Canadian accounting certification, you will need to obtain an undergraduate degree. This undergraduate degree needs to be in addition to your Chartered status even though the Professional levels of the Chartered exams can be deemed to be of Master’s level or higher. If you obtained a degree outside of Canada you will most likely need to get an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment). An ECA is used to verify a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate to prove your degree is valid and equal to a Canadian one.

Express Entry

The best option for Accountants looking to move to Canada to pursue being an accountant is applying for Express Entry. Express entry is a point-based system that ranks you within the Express Entry pool. When invited, individuals are able to migrate through employment and gain permanent residency.

Your Express Entry CRS Score is based on the following:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Language proficiency
  • Work experience

Canada Is a Great Place to Live

Canada is a great country to live in as an accountant. The major cities in the country (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary) rate towards the top of the most livable cities in the world. There are a number of reasons for this.

For one thing, the people are generally friendly, there is lots of open space and many of the cities are filled with large parks. Canada’s larger cities have more parks than a lot of other large cities around the world, due to the abundance of space. Calgary has even been voted as the cleanest city in the world.

Also, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do very near the major cities. For instance, Calgary is just an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains. Vancouver also sits very near the spectacular North Shore Mountains, and the Cascades to the south. If you are into the outdoors, Canada has a lot to offer.

Climate in Canada

In Canada, the climate depends on which province you are settling in. If you are living in northern Canada, you can expect super cold weather and summer lasting less than two months! Warmer weather can be found in the southern border provinces where most Canadians live. In all, you should be prepared for super cold weather as well as warm weather throughout the seasons!

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