International Learners

Moving to a new country brings with it many great opportunities. During this transition, you may also be navigating different languages, cultures, and employment practices. Below we outline some ways to make this transition to your education and work in Canada smoother.

Do your research

Before your move, try and research where you will be living and ways that you can connect to your new community. The Government of Canada website lists many free newcomer services available to you based on the province you decide to make your new home.

Prepare before you arrive

If you know before you move that you are planning to enter the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) you can start gathering paperwork for entering CPAWSB. All applicants with international degrees are required to submit a third-party evaluation of their education degree(s) before CPAWSB can assess previous education against admission requirements. Canadian third-party degree evaluations and any transcripts required by CPAWSB must be sent directly from the issuing institutions. Check with the third-party assessment organization for specifics about what documents they require. Meantime, you can create a My CPA profile to get yourself started with the School.

Holders of accounting designations from international accounting bodies that are members of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) may be eligible for advanced standing in the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

For more information on how to apply to the CPA program, please contact the western province where you plan to immigrate (CPABC, CPA Alberta, CPA Saskatchewan, CPA Manitoba).

Get involved

There are many resources to help you become familiar with work and life in Canada. Each of the western provinces has chapters, which are smaller communities of CPA members, students, and candidates that provide local social, networking, and professional development opportunities.

Getting connected right away can help you create a better understanding of the CPA and Canadian communities: CPABC, CPA Manitoba, CPA Alberta. CPA Alberta also has a Connector Program that groups together individuals to help each other learn more about becoming/ being a CPA and the community.

To read more about the Canadian accounting profession, check out CPA Canada.