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canada CPA Development Program 2023

  • Location
    (CANADA) and Toronto
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  • Functional Area/Experience
    Business, Accounting & Finance / Fresh Graduate

Job Description & Qualifications

Are you looking for a supportive, collaborative workplace with great teams and inspiring leaders? You’ve come to the right place. We’re looking for ambitious people who share our values and want to make every day better for people around the world. If this sounds like you, and the career below sounds exciting, we’d like to hear from you.

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Job Description

*Please follow application instructions outlined at the bottom of this posting*

The CPA Development Program offers an exciting opportunity to learn about Manulife's distinct businesses, and to experience a variety of finance functions, enabling you to diversify your career development and growth. We are committed to developing our finance community members into superior accountants and business leaders. 

In addition to our competitive salary and company benefits, Manulife provides program members with support throughout their CPA journey including a CPA mentor, paid study time, financial support for courses and exams, and CFE preparation support.


The formal rotational program will allow you to gain invaluable work experience through two rotation placements over the course of three years in teams of highly dedicated individuals across different areas of the organization. 

Possible rotations can include: Wealth and Asset Management Financial Reporting, Expense Management, Internal Audit, Corporate Controllers, Taxation, Risk, Manulife Bank External Reporting, Group Benefits Financial Reporting, Internal Controls, Financial Planning & Analysis

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide support and manage aspects of reporting financial results
  • Support culture of continuous improvement through ongoing analysis of procedures and process automation 
  • Collaborate with management to highlight possible risks and opportunities while taking initiative to escalate issues impacting financial results 
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly financial analysis
  • Support the needs of our evolving organization through the development of reports that provide new or additional information concerning financial and business performance 


  • Graduating in 2023 from an accredited university and committed to attaining a CPA certification, and will be eligible for CPA PEP courses upon graduation

Business Intelligence Stream (Optional Add-on)

In addition to the traditional CPA rotation program, Manulife also offers the opportunity to gain experience in the business analytics functions, where you will rapidly enhance your data management skills using tools such SQL, SAS, PowerBI, Alteryx, and Python. The business intelligence stream candidate will receive an added 12-month rotation in a business analytics function in addition to the two rotations in traditional accounting roles.  Experience in programing/data analytics would be considered an asset.

Application Instructions 

Please submit a resume, cover letter and most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted) 

In addition, please complete the supplemental questionnaire detailed on the web page, and attach it along with the requested documents. If you are interested in applying for the business intelligence stream, please make sure to answer the question related to the stream.  

If we do not receive all the above stated documents, your application will NOT be considered.

Visit to learn more about our Canadian Finance & Accounting Programs. 

Every career at Manulife/John Hancock provides the opportunity to learn new skills and move your career forward. Ready to make an impact somewhere? What are you waiting for? Apply today.

About John Hancock and Manulife

John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife globally, including Canada, Asia and Europe. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were CAD$1.3 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) as of June 30, 2021. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports more than 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and education savings plans. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law. 

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. 

Job Skills/Competencies Required

  • Well-developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills 
  • Solution-oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Self-starter and team player with a high level of initiative, strong work ethic and the ability to gather, synthesize, organize, and report information 
  • Strong proficiency in Excel
  • Aptitude to identify and make impactful recommendations, improve existing and developing new processes 

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