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Accounting Assistant

Reference number: CAP21J-021060-000019
Selection process number: 2021-12-CAP-OC-0341
Parks Canada Agency - Chief Financial Officer Directorate
Cornwall (Ontario)
$55,714 to $60,317

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada Agency

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Closing date: 6 July 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Applicants must answer the screening questions as part of the application process by providing concrete examples with supporting dates, which demonstrate how they meet the education and the experience requirements listed in the essential qualifications. It is not sufficient to only state that the requirement is met or to provide a listing of your responsibilities. It is important to ensure clarity and accurate details, as well as to use correct grammar.

The screening board cannot make any assumptions regarding your experience. The onus is on the candidate to submit an application that addresses directly the screening requirements of the competition (education and experience). Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information. Your résumé will constitute a secondary source, confirming the experience described in the answers provided. Applications that do not clearly demonstrate that the candidate meets the screening criteria will not be given further consideration.


Your application remains in the inventory and can be selected for the entire duration that the inventory remains open. As an applicant, you can go back and update your résumé at any time.

The inventory will be updated every 30 days. You will receive a notice in your applicant account 7 days before the end of your active period to determine whether or not you wish to keep being considered for an additional 30 days. Should your application become inactive, you can reactivate it by selecting the link Update my Inventory Status


The position provides accounting support services, information, and exceptional customer service to managers and staff.

Duties include but not limited to reconciliation and input of revenue and refunds, verifying and processing a variety of accounts payable/receivable transactions (petty cash replenishments, travel and hospitality claims, payment of billing documents, journal vouchers); identifying, assessing and recommending solutions to problems; provide routine advice, training and information to managers and staff regarding general accounting practices and computerized financial applications; producing financial reports; identifying variances and taking corrective action; maintaining financial files, records and logs; and ensuring compliance with Agency, Treasury Board policies and directives, and guidelines.

Work environment

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Forbes has ranked Parks Canada as one of the top three employers amongst federal departments and agencies. Again this year, Parks Canada made the Top 100 list of Canada's best employers!

Intent of the process

This process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic requirements in same or other parts of the country.

Employees at the same group and level or equivalent and with the same employment tenure may be considered for deployment. If no deployment is made, applicants from other groups and levels will be considered in the advertised appointment process.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


EDU: Successful completion of High School.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Experience in providing direct service to clients;
EX2: Experience with financial accounting software.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB
English essential

Information on language requirements


A1: Ability to understand written material;
A2: Ability to solve numerical problems;
A3: Ability to draw logical conclusion;
A4: Ability to work and interact with others as part of a team;
A5: Ability to plan organize and set priorities;
A6: Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


PS1: Effective interpersonal relationship with others as part of a team;
PS2: Thoroughness /attention to detail;
PS3: Effective client services.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


AE1: Successful completion of a College Diploma, specializing in Business Administration Commerce, Finance, Accounting or Economic.

Degree equivalency

AQ2: Significant experience in Accounts Payable Role such as auditing, data entry and applying policies.

AQ3: Significant experience in Accounts Receivable Role such as data entry, reconciling, researching and resolving revenue, cost recoveries and customer A/R issues. Preparing invoices, customer statements and aging reports, placing billing and collection calls.

AQ4: Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft word.

AQ5: Previous Government Experience
o Experience working with a Delegation of Authority Matrix;
o Experience with government payment card provider;
o Experience in agencies travel system.

AQ6: Experience with SAP
o Experience generating reports.

AQ7: Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

*Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally acquired over period of approximately two (2) years.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Must be able to work from home;
Must be willing to travel;
Must be willing to work flexible and extra hours during peak processing periods.


Cognitive Ability - Level 1

Applicants must complete the Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability - Level 1 as part of the screening for this selection process. This test assesses general problem solving and reasoning ability. You will have 60 minutes to complete the test. You must complete the test before you submit your application for this position.

For more information, please consult: Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability - Level 1

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their cover letter.

Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

Persons who have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact Julie Fortin, Human Resources Manager if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

A test may be administered. An interview may be administered. Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript.

Reference checks will be used to confirm that candidates have achieved good results in duties related to the Experience requirements, and may be conducted at any point in the process. Reference check information will be sought at a later date and may be used in the rating of Essential or Asset Qualifications.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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