Careers in Finance – Students, start your journey


Students bring innovation, diversity, and high energy to the public sector.

See what financial management in the public service has to offer and start your career today.

A finance career in the Government of Canada means great benefits!

Career diversity

You can gain practical and diverse work experience in any Government of Canada (GC) department or agency throughout Canada. There are several finance areas you can explore, such as accounting operations, planning and resource management, financial policy and financial systems. The flexibility to move around will help you find out which finance area interests you the most.

Meaningful work

You play an important role at all levels! Your work contributes to the strategic decisions taken by the department. Whether it’s dealing with large budgets or contributing to community lead events, it’ll have a tangible effect on people’s lives.

Professional development

The GC is invested in your success and supports your professional development by offering development programs, mentoring programs and development tools:

DYK: the public service offers support to obtain your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation? Find out how, with the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) program.

Great benefits

The total compensation package includes competitive salaries, the health and dental benefits plan, among other things. Plus, as an employee of the Government of Canada, you are enrolled into the public service pension plan, designed to provide you with a lifetime income after retirement.

Work-life balance

The GC promotes positive mental health and a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, family-related leave, mental health services, learning sessions and more.

Build your resume with relevant finance experience

Accounting operations

Play a key role in informing taxpayers of the GC’s spending by preparing financial statements and reports.

Financial policy

Help develop financial management policies outlining roles, authority and procedures to ensure sound financial practices.

Planning and resource management

Provide guidance in the areas of planning, budgeting, costing and/or reporting to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources.

Financial systems

Design and develop the standard business processes, operational controls, and financial systems needed for effective results and decision-making.

Join us and start your journey in the GC

The ongoing student recruitment inventory is open to recruit and hire students throughout the year in financial management positions across Canada. Ensure to keep your application up to date.

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a full-time high school, CEGEP, college or university student
  • You are returning to full-time studies in the next academic year
  • You meet the minimum age requirement in the province/territory of work

You can also find jobs that interest you in other areas through:

No matter the avenue, you can develop transferable skills and a network to help you throughout your career.

Recent graduates and current students can find employment opportunities on

Even more opportunities with the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development program

FORD is a development program for entry-level financial professionals. Program participants have the opportunity to work in up to 3 different areas of finance, allowing them to gain the practical experience required for the CPA designation. Participants are also supported in obtaining their designation.

How to participate

To qualify for the FORD program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) and
  • Have previous work experience in the federal government through student employment working in Financial Management or
  • Currently working in the public service and expressing an interest in the FORD program to your manager

Contact us

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