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Government of Canada

About the Program

The Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) program is a development program for entry-level finance professionals. Individuals in the program are supported to obtain their chartered professional accountant (CPA) designation.

In this highly competitive development program, participants have the opportunity to work in up to 3 different areas of finance, allowing them to gain the practical experience required for the CPA.

The program also consists of a series of activities and interactive sessions including:

  • Professional development sessions
  • Government finance training
  • Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship 

Program Eligibility

To qualify for the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for CPA's Professional Education Program (PEP)
  • Have previous work experience in the federal government through student employment or currently working in the public service
  • Receive support from your department/agency

Did You Know?

One great reason to work as a student in the public service is that you can be hired into a full-time position in the FORD program. 

Program Experience

FORD program participants are taking the next steps needed to become a stronger financial leader. Each rotation should help deepen participants’ knowledge and provide them with competencies needed to obtain their CPA and become eligible for promotion.

Ready to Apply?

If you are an employee of the public service, the Financial Management Community Development (FMCD) team will send communication to departments/agencies regarding the application process. If you have questions about this program, contact FMCD General Enquiries.

The FORD program provides the resources and support that I need to obtain my CPA designation and kick start my public service career. If you have the desire to learn and to make an impact on our communities through your work, then the FORD program is for you!
David, Financial Analyst Department of National Defence
David, Financial Analyst Department of National Defence