Field Auditor

January 13 2023
Expected expiry date: February 11 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Economy, Econometrics, Modelling
Oshawa, ON | Hamilton, ON | North York, ON | London, ON • Full time

Are you an accounting professional with excellent communication skills? Do you want to take your career to the next level? Here's an excellent opportunity to plan and conduct in-depth field audits of taxpayers, in order to ascertain and maximize compliance with the various Province of Ontario tax acts and regulations.

The Compliance Branch of the Ministry of Finance's Tax Compliance and Benefits Division supports career development, diversity and inclusive workplace strategies. Your knowledge of various tax statutes and legislation is a transferable skill that will aid in your success in the auditor role. Dependent on ongoing business requirements, the successful candidates will be able to gain enhanced exposure to, and knowledge of, multiple statutes so that their knowledge base is varied and fulsome.

Note: The successful candidates may work out of any of the following four (4) regional office locations. Please indicate in your application which location(s) you are applying to:

  • 33 King St W, Oshawa
    • 119 King St W, Hamilton
    • 130 Dufferin Ave, London
    • 5 Park Home Ave, North York

These positions may require regular overnight travel.

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
 • Competitive compensation and benefits
 • Flexible work arrangements
 • Collegial and professional work culture
 • Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
 • On-the-job training to support your success in the role

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the  OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

  • prepare audit plans
    • determine audit approach
    • determine extent of tests to be conducted to ascertain level of compliance
    • conduct in-depth audits and prepare and present audit findings
    • meet with taxpayers and their representatives to discuss the audit findings, review the assessment proposal and negotiate payment
    • prepare audit working papers

Location(s): Hamilton, London, North York, Oshawa

How do I qualify?


You have obtained the following accreditation:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Program: Successful completion of Modules 1 through 12 of the CPA Prep program; or
    • Certified General Accountant (CGA) Program: Successful completion of Levels 1, 2 and 3; or
    • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Program: Successful completion of 9 courses at the Pre-Professional level, including 3 accounting courses; or
    • Academic Equivalent: Successful completion of 10 courses of a recognized university/community college program plus or including courses in Introductory Financial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting, and Auditing.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide proof of designation/academic qualifications. Candidates will be asked to clearly indicate on their transcripts which of their courses meet the position's academic requirement. Candidates who obtained their qualifications outside Canada will be asked to provide proof that these qualifications are recognized as equivalencies in Canada.

Technical Knowledge:

  • you have demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of field auditing, financial statement analysis, accounting theory, principles, systems and procedures, and knowledge of general business financial operations, taxation and business management practices
    • you have knowledge of relevant provincial tax legislation, inter-jurisdictional agreements, branch policies, rulings, directives, guidelines and administrative practices
    • you have knowledge of a variety of computer software to access relevant accounting software to understand taxpayers' computerized accounting records, prepare correspondence, and prepare computerized audit working papers and other schedules
    • you can gain knowledge of ministry-approved systems (e.g. OntTax), relevant internal and external databases, and desktop software

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • you have effective communication and interpersonal skills, to provide assistance to taxpayers and/or their representatives, encourage and promote voluntary compliance, educate taxpayers in the requirements of the legislation, and provide alternatives for taxpayers to fulfill their responsibilities
    • you have effective oral and written communication skills to discuss technical aspects of tax legislation and accounting and auditing requirements, conduct effective interviews, and prepare audit documents
    • you have interpersonal skills to effectively manage client relationships and promote understanding and acceptance of the audit findings by taxpayers and their representatives, specifically in areas of non-compliance with the tax legislation, and the resultant assessment or reassessment
    • you can deal effectively with disputes, and adversarial and confrontational situations arising from taxpayer objections or challenges

Research and Analytical Skills:

  • you have research, analytical and investigative skills to plan and perform field audits, analyze documents and business records, determine tax liabilities, identify and resolve compliance problems, and participate in detailed projects to identify non-compliance
    • you can effectively synthesize data and information from a number of sources, including financial statements and related schedules, calculations, reported tax return liabilities and assessment notices
    • you can determine the depth and scope of audit plans, access and evaluate information sources, and recommend reassessment, referrals, or enforcement action
    • you can protect confidential and sensitive taxpayer information, and represent the ministry as a witness at court hearings

Salary Range: $1,182.66 - $1,447.68 Per Week

Additional information:

  • 13 Permanent, 33 King St W, Oshawa, Central Region or 119 King St W, Hamilton, West Region or 130 Dufferin Ave, London, West Region or 5 Park Home Ave, North York, Toronto Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.
    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 192936, by Friday, February 3, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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