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Accountant bridging program

Training opportunity for newcomers to Canada who have a financial management background Flags that read Yukon Larger than Life

This program helped participants gain the skills and confidence they need to meet the demands of financial management jobs in Canada.

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Foreign qualifications recognition
Settlement services for newcomers to Canada
English language training


  • Permanent residents of Canada, new Canadian citizens or foreign workers
  • Graduates of an international post-secondary business or finance program or those with significant skills and experience
  • Minimum CLBA6 language proficiency in all areas
  • Motivation and willingness to invest in future work opportunities


After completion of the program, participants can expect to have gained

  • Advanced knowledge of accounting practices, earned through certificate programs
  • Business communications skills in English
  • Understanding of Canadian and Yukon workplace culture
  • Employability in financial management in Yukon


  • November to January 2016: Program intake
  • January to March: Assessment to determine appropriate accounting courses
  • January to May: Evenings and some weekend program delivery (available online or in the classroom)
  • May to June: Mentored job search 

Total length
Workplace culture component completion by June 2016. The technical accounting component of the program varies depending on the participant’s current skill level and goals. It could range from six months to two years or even more.

Program Outline

The program will be delivered by instructors, with guest speakers and workshops. Components include:

Business communications
Participants develop listening, pronunciation, grammar and writing skills for the financial management workplace. Concepts will encompass writing short email messages, greeting cards, documents and public speaking. 
Understanding the Canadian and Yukon work culture
An examination of Canadian legal work standards and the unwritten etiquette of the work environment. Topics include understanding social systems, cross-cultural differences, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Job seeking skills and work placements
Participants will learn how Canadians go about seeking work, networking and winning in job interviews. This component covers the skills that one needs to find work in a competitive world. The participants and coordinator will work together to find a job placement and then receive mentoring at the worksite.
Yukon First Nations
A Yukon First Nations history and cultural component increases the awareness of the Yukon aboriginal population.
Bookkeeping computer program
Participants learn the Sage (Simply Accounting) software program, which is used by most organizations to manage finances.
Accounting skills – formal coursework
Each participant will complete an assessment to determine their training requirements. Tuition for the accounting courses will be the participant’s responsibility.


This program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and the Yukon government.

The participants will be responsible for the tuition required for their formal accounting coursework. Newcomer micro loans can be discussed. The participants’ current skill level and goals will determine the cost.



Advanced Education
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6


Physical Address:
1000 Lewes Blvd
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 3H9

Phone: 867-667-5131  Fax: 867-667-8555
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5131

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