Canada Revenue Agency Aboriginal Student Employment Program

Organization: Canada Revenue Agency

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories. It also administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

The CRA offers temporary employment to qualified Aboriginal students through its Aboriginal Student Employment Program. The program provides candidates with practical and meaningful student employment in a wide variety of fields including administration, audit, revenue collection, finance, human resources and information technology.

The CRA is committed to employment equity and strives for a diverse and representative workforce. Employment equity is an essential component of the CRA's human resources management practices and an integral part of the way it does business.

Moreover, the CRA has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for both 2014 and 2015.

Students carry out a variety of interesting tasks and hold a range of responsibilities at the CRA. For example:

  • Providing information to taxpayers or their representatives about various program areas;
  • Obtaining and documenting information from taxpayers or their representatives, and other sources regarding non-compliance activity relating to the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act;
  • Providing administrative and clerical support to various program areas; and
  • Leading or participating in special projects of varying scope and size.

The CRA recruits Aboriginal students at the secondary level (high school) and post-secondary levels (college or CEGEP and university). Only Aboriginal persons will be considered for the Canada Revenue Agency Aboriginal Student Employment Program.

The CRA expects to hire approximately 80 Aboriginal students throughout the year. For the most part, the Agency hires students full-time for summer work (from May to August) and part-time during the academic year (from September to April).

The CRA recruits post-secondary students from various fields of study. The Agency encourages you to consider employment with the Agency regardless of your field of study. Although not limited to the following fields of study, the CRA is currently looking for more students who are studying in the following areas:

Fields of study and specializations (as presented in the FSWEP application menu):
Group Sub-group Specialization
Administration Sciences Business Administration Commerce
Accounting Accounting
Finance Finance
Financial Accounting
Human Resources Management Human Resources Management
Computer Sciences, Information Management, and Information Technology Computer Science Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Information Technology

How to apply

To be considered for employment in the Aboriginal Student Employment Program at the CRA, Aboriginal students must apply to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). When applying to the FSWEP, candidates must self-identify as an Aboriginal person.

To self-identify as an Aboriginal person in your FSWEP application, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Employment Equity" section of your FSWEP application (under "Create/Maintain Profile").
  2. Confirm that you accept to complete the self-declaration form for Employment Equity (EE) groups, by clicking consent option #3 in the menu.
  3. Complete the form. First, indicate that you accept the "collection purpose" as being for "appointment purposes and statistics related to appointments and EE workforce representation" (collection purpose option #1). Next, make the appropriate selections with respect to: Gender (question 1), Aboriginal peoples (question 2), Members of visible minority groups (question 3), and Persons with disabilities (question 4).

... about the work location: There are CRA offices in every province in Canada in mid-sized and large urban centres. Please visit our Web site to learn more about the locations of the tax services offices and tax centres. Aboriginal students will be hired in a number of our offices, from coast to coast.

... about the pay: Your pay will be based on the CRA rates of pay for students, which is in line with student rates of pay for federal government student employment programs.

... about the age requirements: Students are required to meet the minimum age of work in the province where the student job is located.

... about the language requirements: Positions are English essential, French essential, or bilingual depending on the location and the type of job.

... about other requirements:

  • Relocation and lodging are your responsibility and must be paid at your own expense, if necessary.
  • Certain jobs may require that you do shift work, be able to lift heavy boxes, or possess a valid driver’s license
  • Security clearance is a mandatory condition of employment for all positions. Candidates must be granted a Reliability Status before being hired.
  • Other conditions of employment may be established by the hiring manager, and would be confirmed before a job offer is made.

For more information regarding this program, please contact us at

To learn more about working at the CRA, please visit the Careers page.