Senior Field Auditor

January 17 2023
Expected expiry date: February 7 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Certification, Audit, Financial Accounting
Ottawa, ON | Oshawa, ON | Hamilton, ON | North York, ON • Full time

Are you an accounting professional with an in-depth understanding of tax legislation and auditing techniques? Are you an excellent negotiator with strong communication skills to explain complex audit issues to others? Consider this excellent opportunity with the Ministry of Finance's Compliance Branch.

The Compliance Branch of the Tax Compliance and Benefits Division supports career development, diversity and inclusive workplace strategies. We are looking for accounting professionals to conduct field audits and ensure compliance with tax legislation such as the Income Tax Act (Canada), the Electricity Act, the Ontario Corporations Tax Act, the Taxation Act 2007 and other Provincial Tax Acts.

The following positions are available:
• Two (2) permanent positions located at 5 Park Home Ave, Toronto (North York)
• One (1) permanent position which can be located at 5 Park Home Ave, Toronto (North York) or 1400 Blair Place, Ottawa
• One (1) temporary position located at 33 King Street W, Oshawa
• One (1) temporary position located at 119 King Street W, Hamilton

Please note the following:
• Overnight travel may be required to the taxpayer's place of business to complete audit assignments.
• Flexible work arrangements, including flexible hours, and/or remote work, may be considered.
• The positions located at 5 Park Home Ave, Toronto (North York), will be moving to 5700 Yonge St, Toronto, effective March 2023.
• The position located at 1400 Blair Towers Place, Ottawa, will be moving to 347 Preston Street, Ottawa, effective March 2023.

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:

  • conduct audits of taxpayer books and records to ensure adherence to tax legislation
    • analyze business accounting systems, financial statements and complex business transactions
    • research relevant tax legislation, tax court cases and tax publications
    • ensure audit working papers are prepared in accordance with standards, policies and practices
    • meet with taxpayers and their representatives to discuss audit findings related to non-compliance with tax legislation
    • recommend referrals to other government areas and other jurisdictions for action, and appear as a Crown witness in court cases

Locations: Hamilton, North York, Oshawa, Ottawa

How do I qualify?


  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation (formerly Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation, or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, or Chartered Accountant (CA) designation), or successful completion of a recognized university degree or college diploma, plus or including courses in Introductory Financial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Advanced Financial Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, either Cost Accounting or Management Accounting, and one additional course in Auditing, Taxation, Cost Accounting, Management Accounting or Finance.

NOTE: 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.

Accounting, Tax and Auditing Knowledge and Experience:

  • You have demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, accounting practices and policies as well as audit standards and procedures.
    • You have knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply, tax regulations and legislation, including the Electricity Act, the Ontario Corporations Tax Act, the Taxation Act 2007, the Income Tax Act (Canada) and other Provincial Acts.
    • You have knowledge and demonstrated experience in Corporate Tax compliance within a public practice accounting firm, a governmental tax administration entity, or a business/industry relating to large and complex taxpayers.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • You have strong written communication skills to prepare audit working papers and letters to taxpayers and their representatives.
    • You have effective oral communication skills to present and discuss audit file reviews with auditors and managers.
    • You have demonstrated interpersonal skills and political acuity to manage the audit relationship with taxpayers and their representatives.
    • You can participate in meetings and joint audits with other branches and tax jurisdictions.

Analytical and Research Skills:

  • You can research financial audit records and tax publications such as tax court cases.
    • You have analytical skills to recognize tax loopholes and tax-avoidance schemes and refer to the group manager.

Computer Skills:

  • You have knowledge of computer software and accounting systems to understand taxpayers' computerized accounting records and prepare audit working papers.

Salary Range: $1,464.86 - $1,874.76 Per Week

Additional information:

  • 2 Permanent, 5 Park Home Ave, North York, Toronto Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
  • 1 Permanent, 5 Park Home Ave, North York, Toronto Region or 1400 Blair Pl, Ottawa, East Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 33 King St W, Oshawa, Central Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check
  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 119 King St W, Hamilton, West 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 191994, by Tuesday, February 7, 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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