Co-op Staff Accountant

2023 Winter Term (January 2023 – April 2023)

Full Time Paid Contract

Hybrid Work Schedule



Job Description

At McCay Duff LLP, you can have a rewarding and exciting co-op placement (or term). We understand that a career in accounting is about far more than numbers. It is about dreams, the journey and achieving long term personal success – So take your co-op journey with us. We will allow you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of public accounting by giving you maximum exposure and insight into our many clients and all the services we provide. Join us for a challenging opportunity to thrive in a medium-sized public accounting firm and start putting your studying into practice.

At McCay Duff LLP, we recognize that the staff we hire are our are greatest assets. We know that you are the accountants of the future and therefore want you to be challenged and have meaningful work at every stage of your placement. Not only will you be using your practical technical skills, but the experience you gain with us will also develop your professional conduct, problem-solving skills, self-management and your communication with clients and colleagues.



The Opportunity

Over the four months of your co-op term, you will gain relevant experience in our primary public accounting services and get an introduction to many major competencies related to the CPA designation process.

The term will begin with an orientation to acquaint you with our office, management, methodologies, and software systems training that the firm uses. Then we will assign you to work on actual files and be given numerous opportunities to assist senior staff and work independently on working papers, and corresponding financial statements for a breadth of small and medium-sized clients across different industries. You will also have exposure to the preparation of corporate and personal income tax returns as you work through your first busy season with us.

The student will assist senior staff on assurance engagements and will also have the opportunity to work independently on accounting and tax files. Depending on the size and nature of the engagement, the student will report to a senior staff member or manager and in some instances the partner in charge. The level of complexity of assignments will depend on the student’s abilities.

Training and Development

Above and beyond your initial onboarding systems training, the office hosts regular internal training seminars and lunch & learn sessions that you are encouraged and expected to participate in to grow and develop your accounting skills.


You will be assigned a mentor who will be accessible and committed to your professional and personal development during your internship. Your mentor will provide you with coaching, support, and guidance to develop valuable enabling and technical competencies that will form the foundation of your CPA journey. We ask you to take an active and practical role in your assigned engagements fostering plenty of individual responsibility on accounting and tax files.

Key Aspects

  • Perform technical work remotely, in the office or in the field on assigned engagements under supervision;
  • Provide support on sections of assurance engagements;
  • Assume responsibility for the completion and accuracy of own work and working papers;
  • Become familiar with support systems including tax, computer systems, firm policies, and standards;
  • Gain practical experience hours in a public accounting firm towards your CPA designation;
  • Develop personal skills to effectively communicate with diverse group of peers, supervisors, and clients.
  • Training and instruction on the use of;
    • CaseWare (software specialized for the preparation and documentation of working paper files)
    • TaxPrep (tax return preparation software).
    • iFirm (workflow and client management system)

Compensation, Benefits & Social

Our compensation and employee benefits are very competitive. We are continually reviewing our policies to ensure this.

Our office enjoys a friendly and social atmosphere, and our co-ops are an important part of that. We have many annual events to gather us throughout the year and informal social gatherings (mainly virtual for the time being) to give students and staff a chance to get to know each other better.

What We Look For

  • Strong communication skills, as there will be interaction with partners, staff, and clients;
  • Understanding of the Accounting Cycle and basic accounting principles;
  • Passion and enthusiasm to work in public accounting;
  • Ability to meet individual goals and objectives for career development;
  • Bilingual in English and French is considered an asset.

Application Process

If you are interested in a rewarding co-op opportunity with our firm, please apply via the Carleton or OttawaU university recruitment portals or by e- mail with subject-heading “Co-op Winter Term – Staff Accountant” to and address your application to Ms. Krista Mason, Human Resources Generalist.  A cover letter may be provided should you wish to do so, or you may do so in your accompanying email.

We thank all applicants for their interest in McCay Duff; however, only candidates selected for an interview will hear from us.


McCay Duff LLP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, or disability.

McCay Duff LLP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and McCay Duff’s Policies on Accommodation, McCay Duff provides reasonable accommodation so that qualified applicants with a disability may participate in the selection process.