Desk Auditor - Unilingual (english) and Bilingual (english/french)

March 17 2023
Expected expiry date: April 11 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Financial Accounting, Taxation
Ottawa, ON | Oshawa, ON | Hamilton, ON | North York, ON | London, ON • Full time

Do you have a strong understanding of tax legislation and an excellent eye for detail? Here's your opportunity to showcase your accounting and auditing skills as a Desk Auditor with the Ministry of Finance!

The Compliance Branch of the Tax Compliance and Benefits Division supports career development, diversity and inclusive workplace strategies. Your ability to acquire 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 tax statutes so that their knowledge base is varied and fulsome.

Note: The successful candidates may work out of any of the following five (5) 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
    • 1400 Blair Tower Place, Ottawa

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, including flexible hours, and telework (remote work) may be considered
    • 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:

  • plan and conduct in-depth desk audits of taxpayer returns and refund claims of simple-to-moderate complexity
    • obtain and review financial and non-financial information from various sources, raise assessments and initiate disallowances, promote voluntary compliance with Ontario tax legislation, and provide in-depth audit reports
    • organize your own activities to conduct and complete audits and special projects within expected time frames
    • develop the audit approach, decide on the type and extent of audit tests, and negotiate and establish plans of action to gain filing compliance from taxpayers
    • protect confidential and sensitive taxpayer information
    • be accountable for the accuracy and thoroughness of the audit
    • conduct field audit work when required

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

How do I qualify?


You have obtained the following accreditation:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Program: Successful completion of Modules 1 through 6 of the CPA Prep program; or
    • Certified General Accountant (CGA) Program: Successful completion of Levels 1 and 2; or
    • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Program: Successful completion of 6 courses at the Pre-Professional level, including 3 accounting courses; or
    • Academic Equivalent: Successful completion of 6 courses of a recognized university/community college program plus or including courses in Introductory Financial Accounting and Intermediate Financial Accounting.

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.

For the bilingual vacancy: You must possess oral French language skills at the advanced level. Your proficiency level will be confirmed before hire.

Technical Knowledge:

  • You have knowledge of the principles and practices of auditing, financial statement analysis, and accounting principles, systems and procedures
    • You can plan audits and reviews, determine the audit approach, sampling techniques, sample sizes and depth of audit, access and review information sources, and recommend reassessment or referral for enforcement
    • You can gain knowledge of relevant Ontario tax legislation (Acts and Regulations), and inter-jurisdictional agreements
    • You can gain knowledge of ministry and branch rulings, directives, guidelines and administrative policies and practices
    • You can gain knowledge of ministry-approved systems (e.g. OntTax), relevant internal and external databases, and desktop software

Research and Analytical Skills:

  • You have proven research, analytical and investigative skills to analyze documents and business records to determine tax liabilities, perform audits, evaluate results, identify and resolve compliance problems, and participate in 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

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • You have effective oral and written communication skills to deal effectively with others, prepare correspondence and audit working papers, and draft audit and operational improvement reports
    • You have proven interpersonal skills to manage the audit relationship and deal with taxpayers in a sensitive and professional manner

Project Management Skills:

  • You have demonstrated project management skills to lead teams within the section
    • You can implement approved modifications to processes and procedures

Salary Range: $1,060.92 - $1,297.87 Per Week

Additional information:

  • 7 Unilingual (English) 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 or 1400 Blair Pl, Ottawa, East Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
  • 4 Unilingual (English) Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 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 or 1400 Blair Pl, Ottawa, East Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
  • 1 Bilingual Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 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 or 1400 Blair Pl, Ottawa, East Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check


  • This ad is also available in French.
  • 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.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 192935, by Tuesday, April 11, 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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