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Extra! Extra! Read All About it! The Canada Revenue Agency is looking for talented career accountants to fill various AU-03 Auditor positions across the Ontario Region. (Amended)

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Group and level
Appointment Type
Perm/Temp: Acting, Permanent, Promotion
Closing Date
September 30, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Pool to be created
Salary range
$88,261 to $107,249
Various linguistic profiles
Requisition number
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About the job

Why work at the Canada Revenue Agency?

For six (6) consecutive years, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. We excel in the areas of employee engagement and performance, training and skills development, community involvement, health and family benefits well-being, diversity and inclusion, and much more.

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.

The CRA offers some of the most sought-after benefit programs, career development opportunities, in addition to competitive rates of pay, among others:

  • Flexible schedules to find the balance that is right for you between your work and your personal life;
  • Generous vacation leave as well as other leave provisions (i.e. family-related, sick days, etc.).;
  • healthcare plan which covers many of life's events: medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, out-of-province medical expenses and hospitalizations, etc.);
  • Access to an advantageous pension plan;
  • A workplace that supports workforce diversity and the development of talents;
  • The possibility of hybrid remote work (for some positions);
  • All necessary work equipment is provided by the employer;
  • Social justice aspect of the job (i.e. tax dollars are used for healthcare, building infrastructure, support vulnerable communities, etc.)

There are also other advantages for candidates joining the Compliance Programs Branch (CPB) as an auditor:

  • An opportunity to work on some of the largest, most complex legal entities in the country, as well as high-complexity audit cases;
  • The possibility to participate in CPA pre-approved programs;
  • The annual reimbursement of professional membership dues;
  • The possibility of discounted corporate fitness memberships;
  • The possibility of educational assistance help cover the cost of eligible learning activities (e.g. tuition reimbursement);
  • Career development and growth within various programs in compliance.

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

What is the intent of this process?

We are currently seeking talented candidates to fill various AU-03 positions within the Ontario Region.

A few AU-03 key activities include :

  • Auditing taxpayers’ returns, books, records, taxpayer requests, and supporting documents to confirm and enforce compliance with the statutes administered by the CRA. Prepares working papers, letters and reports to support work completed and compiles asset information to assist in the collection of taxpayer indebtedness.
  • Planning how the audit will be conducted; reviews documents and researches legislation, jurisprudence, publications and policies.
  • Discussing with taxpayers or their representatives complex technical and contentious issues, proposed reassessments, and recommendations regarding penalties and consideration of waiving of interest.
  • Identifying and gathering data for use in referring international, valuation, tax incentive, tax avoidance, tax evasion, and third party noncompliance issues to the appropriate section for their review, including reviews for compliance with other Statutes administered by the Agency.

Taxpayers include medium to large businesses and complexity of work is defined as:

  • Income Tax: corporations with annual gross revenues between 20 and 250 million dollars.
  • Excise Tax: domestic and non-resident large business entities with economic activity in excess of 100 million dollars, such as corporations, partnerships, trusts, income trusts and other business entities.

Please Note: The pool(s) established from this staffing process may be used to staff similar positions in any CRA office located within the Ontario Region.

Note that upon your written acceptance of a permanent offer of employment, you will no longer be eligible for subsequent positions to be staffed from this staffing process and you will be removed from the pool(s).

Positions staffed from the pool(s) may require candidates to travel to and/or work from a taxpayer’s location anywhere in the Ontario Region; also, there could be audit files from Quebec and Non-Resident from outside of Canada. In addition, the job may require frequent travel, multiple times a week, sometimes overnight, to conduct audits and/or participate in meetings at a taxpayer’s premises, or to assist in an investigation.

To apply

Who can apply?

Persons living in Canada and Canadian citizens and permanent residents living abroad.

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

For CRA employees, the intention of this staffing process is for promotional opportunities only. Any lateral moves can be facilitated through the CRA National Mobility Bank.

This process will be used to staff positions in Ontario Region. 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. 

Please note: In the case of applicants previously terminated or rejected on probation from positions within the CRA, additional verifications will be conducted. Based on the reasons for termination or rejection, an applicant may not be considered further in the staffing process or considered for appointment, as they may be deemed not to meet one or more of the staffing criteria.

What do you need to apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the following essential requirements at the time you submit your application. More information regarding the requirements will be detailed in the questionnaires.

  • CRA's minimum education standard for AU; and
  • A minimum of twelve (12) cumulative months of experience in the last five (5) years in ONE of the options below as a part of your major job duties.

Option 1: Experience acquired outside of CRA

Have experience in Canadian tax compliance within a public practice accounting firm or a business or an industry or any provincial governments relating to large and/or complex* corporations. This may include:

  • Preparation of corporate tax returns, which includes providing tax advice and interpretations related to complex issues under the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, or other statutes administered by the CRA.
  • Auditing corporations to ensure compliance with federal and/or provincial tax legislation.

*Large and/or complex corporations generally refer to corporations with gross revenues exceeding $10 million; however, each example will be assessed for its relative complexity based on the information presented on a case-by-case basis.

You must clearly describe how you meet the essential experience including your level of responsibility and your level of involvement as part of your application. Failure to do so may result in your application not being considered further.


Option 2: Experience acquired within CRA

Have experience conducting or managing audits or reviews, for the purposes of administering and/or enforcing the Income Tax Act or the Excise Tax Act or other Acts administered and/or enforced by the Canada Revenue Agency or duties ancillary to audit**, while appointed to an AU-02/SP-08 level position or higher within the Canada Revenue Agency.

**Duties ancillary to audit within the Canada Revenue Agency may include, but is not limited to, experience in, Appeals, Audit Support, Business Intelligence & Quality Assurance, Digital Compliance, Criminal Investigations, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs or Scientific Research & Experimental Development divisions for the purposes of administering and/or enforcing the Income Tax Act or the Excise Tax Act or other Acts administered and/or enforced by the Canada Revenue Agency.


Option 3: Combination

A combination of experience under Options 1 and 2.


Applicants must submit the following attachments with their online application via the careers portal:

  • A résumé which includes a career work history covering the last five years at minimum, organizations you were employed by and titles of positions occupied, and list of duties/responsibilities/involvement of the position(s) and the names and contact phone numbers of supervisors as references.


  • Your education credentials in the education section of your Candidate Profile. You must upload your education credentials (including school transcripts showing that you have completed the accounting courses, the course code and grade obtained) in the Education section of your Candidate Profile. All proof of education must be clear and legible. Proof must indicate that your diploma or degree was conferred, along with your name, institution and level of education (diploma, degree, masters or PhD). Candidates that possess a designation from a recognized professional accounting association may submit a scanned copy of their membership card or annual fees invoice as proof that they meet the AU requirement. Failure to do so can result in your application not being considered further. We will not accept editable documents or documents sent to our mailbox. Candidates who currently hold an AU position (whether on a substantive or acting basis) within the CRA are not required to provide proof of education at the time of application. Candidates with foreign education credentials must provide a verification of Canadian equivalency from a recognized credential assessment service. Candidates with foreign designations must have their designations confirmed by the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).


What is the next step?

As this is a perpetual staffing process with an extended closing date, assessments may occur at any time after applications are submitted. We may assess candidates in batches as they apply and depending on specific experience. You are expected to check your Candidate Profile periodically to review correspondence related to this process, including the time prior to the closing date of the job poster. Candidates are expected to make themselves available for assessment when scheduled. Failure to attend your scheduled assessment may result in the rejection of your application. Assessments will only be rescheduled for exceptional circumstances and supporting documentation may be requested by the Staffing Board. The Staffing Board will make these decisions on a case by case basis.

IMPORTANT: All interactions throughout this staffing process, including email communications, may be reviewed by the staffing board to ensure candidates act in accordance with the CRA’s Core Values. Candidates who contravene one or more of the CRA’s Core Values throughout the course of this staffing process may not be considered further. Candidates also need to continue meeting the essential staffing requirements to continue in the staffing process.

Essential requirements

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

  • Second Language Evaluation C/B/C Bilingual, English/French (required only for bilingual positions);
  • Other Qualifications (mandatory depending on the job being staffed)

Asset staffing requirements

  • Experience linked to the job being staffed
  • Qualifications
  • CPA designation or currently enrolled in the CPA certification program
  • Completed or currently enrolled in the CPA In-depth Tax Program
  • Completed or currently enrolled in the Master of Taxation (MTax) program
  • Certified Business Valuator Designation
  • Budgetary considerations
  • Minimize business disruption
  • Employment Equity

Additional asset staffing requirements may also be identified, assessed, and used as part of this staffing process. Any additional asset requirements will be communicated to candidates prior to being used.

We may limit the number of candidates to be considered further in this staffing process by using a top-down approach to select candidates based on more relevant experience linked to the job being staffed.

Conditions of employment

In order to receive an offer, you will need to meet the security clearance requirements for the position. More information will be provided in due time.

Depending on the position to be staffed, you may have to satisfy other conditions of employment which may include (but not limited to):

  • Valid Driver’s license or personal mobility to a degree normally associated with the possession of a driver’s license
  • Willingness to work overtime
  • Willingness to travel
  • Physically work from the location where the position is being staffed when required

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.

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.


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