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Steps to Becoming an Accountant in Newfoundland and Labrador

According to the 2006 Canadian Census, there were 1,880 financial auditors and accountants working in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The number of accountants in the province had increased by 13 percent since 2001. Because the census indicates that most accountants in the province are older, it is anticipated that more job openings will become available within this field in the coming years due to the normal cycle of retirement.

The economy of Newfoundland and Labrador is growing at an amazing rate. Employment is up and unemployment is down. Some of this growth can be attributed to the fact that Newfoundland has become the third largest oil-producing province in Canada.

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who become accountants almost always start by earning a college degree and often pursue credentialing through one of the four accounting bodies recognized in the province. Among these are the Certified General Accountants Association, the Certified Management Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Accountants are employed at firms such as “Big Four” international accounting and professional services firm Deloitte and internationally recognized accounting firm Grant Thornton, both with offices in St. John’s. CIBC Wealth Management in St. John’s employs specially credentialed chartered accountants as investment advisers and business management consultants, as does International financial and consulting firm BDO’s Corner Brook office.

Job Trends for Accountants in Newfoundland and Labrador

Data from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) indicates that most financial auditors and accountants in Newfoundland and Labrador work in the professional services industry or in public administration. One of the reasons that this occupation has such a good outlook in the province is its versatility and the fact that accountants are able to be self-employed in public practice, as well as work in government, industry, academia, and for non-profits.

In 2008, total oil production in the province was 125.2 million barrels, with an estimated value of $12.7 billion. The oil industry accounts for about 36 percent of Newfoundland and Labrador’s real GDP, and about 2 percent of total employment in the province. Companies like GJ Cahill in St. John’s that specialize in oil and gas employ accountants at various levels throughout the corporation. Other major companies in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized as leading employers of accountants include oil and gas capital development company Air Energi and the Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation, both located in St. John’s.


Salary information compiled by Working in Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Accountants: Salary and Employment Facts

Canadian census information shows that, although accountants are employed all across Newfoundland and Labrador, a greater concentration of them can be found in the province’s eastern region. In 2009, the average hourly salary for a Newfoundland and Labrador accountant was $28, which translates to $58,240 annually. While this is a bit lower than the national average salary for the occupation (which was $63,856 yearly or $30.70 hourly), the potential was available to earn up to $45.60 hourly, a wage which equals $94,848 annually.

Newfoundland and Labrador Tax Laws in the News

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises program (EDGE) offers tax incentives to new and expanding businesses in the province, including 100 percent rebates on corporate taxes for a period of up to 15 years. Other tax credit programs in the province that encourage business development include the Business Attraction Fund, which offers financial assistance to businesses in order to attract more companies to the province. The Oil & Gas Manufacturing and Services Export Development Fund also provides financial assistance to large-scale oil and gas businesses in the province.






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