Investigator, Criminal Investigations Division
Canada Revenue Agency
Yonge, ON
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Investigator (AU0613):
The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is currently recruiting professional Investigators to join its dynamic team in Toronto.

This exciting opportunity in a law enforcement environment will appeal to investigative professionals who like to be challenged, are adept at solving complex forensic and other problems, manage ambiguity and shifting priorities while meeting tight deadlines. We are seeking Investigators of high integrity and professionalism who work effectively with colleagues, partners and stakeholders in challenging tax evaders and non-compliance.

The CRA Criminal Investigations Program is committed to enforcing the Acts administered by the Canada Revenue Agency by detecting and deterring tax evasion. Working with Canadian and international partners, CRA Criminal Investigations strives to be a leader in criminal tax investigations in Canada. Our workplace offers professional challenges with extensive learning support and work-life balance. Come and be a part of our exciting and dynamic team.

Conducts investigations into financial schemes of taxpayers suspected of tax evasion in complex cases of domestic tax fraud schemes, with a forensic approach, employing current and/or innovative investigative techniques and tools.
Conducts research and forensic financial analysis to establish proof of tax offences and to document and prove beyond a reasonable doubt any fraudulent schemes detected.
Establishes the theory of proof, conducts interviews, evaluates witnesses, procures, preserves and weighs all evidence and defences to determine whether a criminal prosecution recommendation is warranted and prepares a prosecution report including recommendations to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).
Assists the PPSC lawyers in fulfilling the legal requirement to disclose all relevant information, documents and materials to the taxpayer and their counsel, in the preparation of evidence and witnesses for trial where fraudulent actions or financial benefits associated with tax evasion has been discovered and documented, acts as the primary witness in court regarding the conduct of the investigation and with the enforcement of court ordered sentences including fines.
Participates in negotiations between the PPSC and taxpayers concerning fraudulent actions or financial benefits associated with tax evasion and assists collections officers by identifying sources where the amounts due can be recovered.
Prepares media releases with the assistance of Communications, as determined appropriate for each case in consultation with headquarters, in accordance with appropriate guidelines, as part of the Criminal Investigations Program priority to create awareness, maximize deterrence and enhance compliance.
Participates in workload development; evaluates complex referrals from auditors and other sources; conducts preliminary assessments of risk and makes recommendations on the appropriateness of case(s) for further investigations in accordance with national program priorities and objectives.
Provides instruction and specialized on-the-job training to criminal investigators.
Develops, maintains, cultivates a network/partnership with stakeholders, other law enforcement agencies, etc.; Ensures that communications are consistent and solicits cooperation and joint participation on cases, as required; e.g. performing surveillance/executing search warrants and seizures.
Provides an advocacy role for and represents the CRA with stakeholders, other law enforcement agencies, etc., to promote the exchange of information within the confines of privacy legislation and relevant provisions of Acts administered by the CRA and other local and foreign authorities.
Conducts research into types of criminal activity that are likely to be encountered in investigation workloads, e.g., historical program results, cases that have been investigated in other countries or non-tax cases before the courts that may have spin-off implications or repercussions for CRA programs. Participates in the development of criminal investigation procedures, program monitoring tools and investigation quality improvement initiatives.

The pool established from this staffing process may be used to staff similar positions.

To apply

Who can apply

Persons living in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad.

Please note that this process will be used to staff positions in Toronto only. If you are a candidate from the general public, you will have to pay for any expenses related to your participation in this staffing process, as well as any relocation costs if you receive an offer of employment from this process.

Qualified members and former members of the Canadian Forces who receive an offer of employment are not entitled to relocation costs from the CRA. They may, however, be entitled to a final relocation from the Department of National Defence.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible as the closing date and time on this notice of job opportunity may change.

We may give preference to the first 150 candidates who meet the staffing requirements to apply. Additional candidates may be considered as needed. If you are considered further, we will notify you in writing of the next step in this staffing process.

Essential staffing requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

Meet the CRA’s Minimum education standard for AU positions.

Proof of Accounting Education

Candidates are responsible to ensure that clear and legible electronic copies of their education credentials are uploaded as attachments into the education factor(s) that they are to complete in the education section of their candidate profile. Failure to do so by the close of this notice of job opportunity may result in your application not being given further consideration


Have experience for a minimum of twenty-four (24) consecutive months within the past five (5) years performing at least one of the following:

forensic accounting and investigations;
internal auditing;
conducting criminal investigations;
conducting internal investigations of employee or client fraud;
conducting corporate or government regulatory compliance investigations; or
auditing or preparing Corporate financial statements, accounting records, income tax returns or GST/HST Returns pertaining to Medium to Large corporations*.

  • Medium to Large corporations generally refers to corporations with gross revenues exceeding $10 Million.
Candidates are encouraged to submit their online application, education credentials and all required documents as soon as possible. Candidates will be screened against the prerequisite staffing requirements on an on-going basis.


The essential staffing requirements indicated below will be assessed during the process and may be used to identify candidates for positions. Asset staffing requirements may also be assessed during the staffing process and may be used to identify candidates for positions. You will be notified in advance of any asset requirements to be evaluated.


Performance validation
Ability to effectively write business correspondence in the language of the position being staffed
Ability to effectively communicate verbally in the language of the position being staffed

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status
Willingness to work overtime
Willingness to travel
Valid Driver’s license or personal mobility to a degree normally associated with the possession of a driver’s license
Willingness to work on evenings and/or on weekends
Willingness to work shifts or a flexible schedule (including weekends and statutory holidays)
Capacity to regularly lift objects weighting up to 20 kg
McNeil Policy *
Want to know more?
We encourage you to read Important information on staffing at the CRA to find out more about staffing processes and how to apply.

The CRA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. To find out more, consult employment equity, diversity and inclusion at the CRA.

CRA employees support the economic and social well-being of Canadians, and build public trust. We have high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of integrity and professional conduct and Directive on conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.

Preference for appointment will be given to veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

McNeil Policy

Applicants should be aware of the following court decision: The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. McNeil imposed a legal duty on the Crown to disclose to the accused, acts of serious misconduct or criminal records of potential crown witnesses that either (1) are relevant to the investigation or (2) could reasonably impact on the case against the accused. The CRA recognizes this obligation to provide the Crown with records relating to such findings that could affect the credibility of the employee as a witness in the case against the accused. The onus is on any CRA employee involved in a criminal investigation, as a witness, to make the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) aware, in writing, of all items covered by this policy.