by Stacy Dunn
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is one of the largest public service organizations in Canada. The Agency administers tax programs and benefits for the social and economic wellbeing of Canadians. Taxes are used to fund hospitals, schools, and the infrastructure that keeps towns and cities across the country running. And for the fifth year in a row, the CRA has been named one of the top 100 employers in Canada.
There are various divisions within CRA, most including a range between entry-level and management positions. These divisions include:
- Business and Accounting
- Finance and Administration
- Human Resources
- Information Technology (IT)
- Program Services
- Revenue Collections
Katelyn Smith is an HR Advisor who helps CRA with its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies. She says the salary range of most entry-level positions is between approximately $40,000 and $60,000.
“About 20 percent of CRA is made up of Auditors, and 10 percent is made up of IT and nine percent is management,” she says. “Many students start their careers with us and are still with us 20 years later.”
CRA has positions for post-secondary students and graduates who are in the fields of business, economics, human resources, social sciences, finance, and law. There’s a wide range of job duties within the CRA, which include client relations, communications and marketing, project management, legal services, financial administration, procurement, and contracting.
For student opportunities, applicants must show proof of attending an accredited post-secondary institution. CO-OP placements are available. They welcome applications year-round, though it is fall to spring when CRA looks at hiring students and graduates.
“Pay close attention to closing dates, proof of education, and any deadlines so you can get your applications to us on time,” Katelyn says. “We recommend you regularly update your CRA Candidate Profile online and sign up to receive job notifications for more opportunities at the CRA.”
Programs that CRA uses to hire workers include the following:
- Federal Student Work Program (FSWEP): a program offering work experience in the federal public service to full-time students.
- Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (ITAP): graduated post-secondary students from a diploma or degree program in computer science, information technology, and/or information management or another specialty relevant to the position to be staffed.
- Indigenous Student Employment Program (ISEP): Employment throughout Canada to qualified Indigenous students, regardless of your field of study.
- Employment Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Full-time and part-time positions open to students with disabilities only. Students are encouraged to apply year-round.
- Upcoming and Recent Graduate Employment Opportunities: Opportunities for talented individuals who have recently graduated or who will graduate from a post-secondary institution by June 2022 to fill a variety of exciting and challenging positions. These positions are in various areas such as Administrative Services, Audit and Accounting, Human Resources and IT just to name a few!
“CRA is dedicated to a diverse workforce to better represent the public we serve. We are committed to supporting the Government of Canada’s initiative to hire 5,000 persons with disabilities by 2025,” Katelyn says. “We have a Persons with Disabilities Network and several other networks representing diverse groups that meet to discuss ideas to support and contribute to an inclusive work environment.
“CRA encourages its employees to create their own learning plans, such as language training and project management, as long as the training is specific to the work you do.”
For more information on student and graduate opportunities at CRA, click here.