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Senior Investigator, AU04 (AU0612)

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Group and level
Requisition number
Various/ Divers
Appointment Type
Perm/Temp: Acting, Lateral Move, Permanent, Promotion, Term
Closing Date
October 12, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Pool to be created
Salary range
$99,566 to $120,908
Compliance Programs
HQ - Headquarters, Atlantic, Ontario, Quebec, Western
Various linguistic profiles
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About the job

Come work for the CRA, one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada!

The mission of the CRA is to administer tax, benefits, and related programs, and ensure compliance on behalf of governments across Canada, thereby contributing to the ongoing economic and social well-being of Canadians.

For more information on working for the CRA, view our promotional video: The Canada Revenue Agency – We’re More Than Just Taxes.

CRA prioritizes diversity and inclusion and is firmly committed to providing a diverse workforce that reflects the population we serve.  CRA’s National Employment Equity (EE) Staffing Strategy strives to eliminate EE gaps for the four EE designated groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women. Where an EE gap exists at the time of appointment, EE may be used as an appointment criterion for permanent and temporary appointments/staffing actions over six months made through this process.

Key Activities

The key duties of the AU04 Senior Investigator include:

  • Conducting investigations into financial schemes of taxpayers suspected of tax evasion in complex cases of domestic tax fraud schemes, with a forensic approach, employing current and/or innovative investigative techniques and tools.
  • Conducting research and forensic financial analysis to establish proof of tax offences and to document and prove beyond a reasonable doubt any fraudulent schemes detected.
  • Establishing the theory of proof, conducts interviews, evaluates witnesses, procures, preserves and weighs all evidence and defences to determine whether a criminal prosecution recommendation is warranted and prepares a prosecution report including recommendations to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).
  • Directing and/or leading, when required, investigators in very complex investigations, when the scope of the investigation requires the involvement of additional resources. Advising and assisting team members when resolving contentious issues related to the investigation.

To view the complete work description click here: Senior Investigator (AU0612). If you cannot access the link, you may contact the email listed at the bottom of the notice to obtain a copy of the work description.

This process is being used to staff positions with the following language requirements:

  • English Essential
  • Bilingual Imperative

The pool established from this staffing process may be used to staff similar positions in Headquarters (HQ) and the Regions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health recommendations and restrictions are in place across Canada and may change as circumstances evolve. You may be required to temporarily work remotely (e.g. from home). Further information will be provided if you are selected for the position.

To apply

Who can apply

Persons living in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad.

Preference for appointment will be given to veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Please note that this process will be primarily used to staff positions in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Toronto (North York), Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. As a result, if you are selected for a position from this process we will expect you to relocate to the location where the position is being staffed.

If you are a candidate from the general public, you will have to pay for any expenses related to your participation in this staffing process, as well as any relocation costs if you receive an offer of employment from this process. 

Qualified members and former members of the Canadian Forces who receive an offer of employment are not entitled to relocation costs from the CRA. They may, however, be entitled to a final relocation from the Department of National Defence.

Essential staffing requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements.


The CRA’s minimum education standard for the AU - Auditing group.

Note: Candidates are responsible to ensure that clear and legible electronic copies of their education credentials and transcripts are uploaded as attachments into the education section of their candidate profile. Failure to do so may result in your application not being given further consideration.

Candidates with foreign education credentials and transcripts are required to provide proof of Canadian equivalency. The CRA will accept foreign credentials as long as they are considered acceptable by one of the six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada. Foreign transcripts need to be accredited by a recognized postsecondary institution or by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA Canada). Any applicable fees are the responsibility of the candidate. For more information, including the list of recognized postsecondary institutions, you may refer to the The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (

Candidates with foreign designations must have their designation confirmed by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA). Any applicable fees are the responsibility of the candidate.


Experience* performing functions** as part of penal or criminal investigations.

*Experience is associated with the performance of these functions as part of the major job duties normally accomplished for a period of thirty (30) cumulative months within the last five (5) years.

**Functions may include, but is not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Research, gathering and analyzing evidence obtained from various internal and external sources;
  • Conducting interviews of witnesses and/or suspects;
  • Preparation, co-ordination, and execution of investigative plans;
  • Drafting affidavits in support of judicial authorizations;
  • Planning and participating in the execution of search warrants;
  • Preparing reports to a prosecution service;
  • Assisting the prosecutor in order to further legal proceedings.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your current resume to the Document section of your Candidate profile and attach it to your application at the time of submission.



The essential staffing requirements indicated below will be assessed during the process and may be used to identify candidates for positions.

  • Performance validation
  • Second Language Evaluation (for bilingual positions)


Asset staffing requirements may also be assessed during the staffing process and may be used to identify candidates for positions. You will be notified in advance of any asset requirements to be evaluated.

  • Standardized assessment tool(s):  unsupervised online test on cognitive abilities, behavioral skills and traits
  • Specific experience/skills relevant to the position being staffed
  • Qualifications
  • Additional education or training

Results from locally developed assessment tools are not portable to other staffing processes.

Other staffing requirements

  • Budgetary considerations
  • Duration of appointment
  • Start date
  • Minimize business disruption
  • Employment Equity

Conditions of employment

  • Security: Reliability Status or higher (please note that most positions will actually require enhanced reliability status or higher)
  • Ability to testify as a credible witness in court
  • Willingness to work overtime
  • Willingness to travel
  • Valid Driver’s license or personal mobility to a degree normally associated with the possession of a driver’s license
  • Willingness to work on evenings and/or on weekends
  • Capacity to regularly lift objects weighing up to 20 kg
  • Virtual reporting may be possible, if operational requirements permit 

R. v. McNeil

Applicants should be aware of the following court decision: The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. McNeil imposed a legal duty on the Crown to disclose to the accused, acts of serious misconduct or criminal records of potential crown witnesses that either (1) are relevant to the investigation or (2) could reasonably impact on the case against the accused. The CRA recognizes this obligation to provide the Crown with records relating to such findings that could affect the credibility of the employee as a witness in the case against the accused. The onus is on any CRA employee involved in a criminal investigation, as a witness, to make the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) aware, in writing, of all items covered by the court decision.

Want to know more?

We encourage you to read Important information on staffing at the CRA to find out more about staffing processes and how to apply.

The CRA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. To find out more, consult Employment equity, diversity and inclusion at the CRA. We encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) Staffing questionnaire as part of your application if you wish to be considered for staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. Your questionnaire response will be retained on file for the duration of the staffing process. If you do not complete the questionnaire, you will not be considered for any staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. If you decide to modify your response or fill out this questionnaire at a later date, please notify the contact listed at the bottom of this notice of job opportunity.

CRA employees support the economic and social well-being of Canadians, and build public trust. We have high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of integrity and professional conduct and Directive on conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.

Information regarding the status of your application will be communicated via the candidate profile on the CRA Careers site. We strongly encourage you to verify the email address attached to your profile and to check your messages regularly for any updates. 

Please note that we will contact only the candidates selected for further consideration.


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