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CPB Canada Partners with Nokee Kwe, Algonquin College, the Canada Revenue Agency, and the Government of Ontario
Nokee Kwe Partnership
Late in 2021, CPB Canada connected with an Indigenous-led organization called Nokee Kwe. This London, Ontario-based organization serves as an employment and education centre for Indigenous and underrepresented groups. Their outreach to CPB Canada sought a partnership to leverage grant funding from the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to support early training on accounting/bookkeeping and income tax.
Today, CPB Canada is pleased to announce our formal partnership with Nokee Kwe, Algonquin College, and the Canada Revenue Agency to deliver seven distinct training cohorts for 35 individuals over the next ten months.
The ‘Zhooniyaa’ (translates to Money in Ojibwe) training program contributes to Nokee Kwe’s vision of leadership in the provision of holistic and comprehensive services to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
CPB Canada would like to thank Ontario's Honourable Minister Monte McNaughton and his Ministry for recognizing the value of bookkeeping as an accessible, entrepreneurial, and professional career path for all.
This partnership introduces an underrepresented demographic of learners to the terminology, concepts, and required skills to obtain a stable career – with the possibility of flexible and remote work. The high-level program structure for Zhooniyaa will include:
- Part 1 - Nokee Kwe seeks candidates that will participate in a pre-screening assessment to ensure suitability, fundamental skills, and motivation. This will be based on Indigenous and other underrepresented participants from Southwestern Ontario.
- Part 2 – Delivery of 5 full days (35 hours) of online learning focused on bookkeeping fundamentals delivered by academic partners at Algonquin College.
- Part 3 - The Canada Revenue Agency delivers three days of training on completing basic income tax returns.
- Part 4 – Self-practice on various accounting software programs
- Part 5 - Self-marketing workshops aimed at building confidence and marketing skills
- Part 6 – Four to six week paid job placements, providing participants with the opportunity to gain experience on the job
- Part 7 – Resume and cover letter workshop
Strategic Alignment for CPB Canada
CPB Canada is pleased that the Government of Ontario has committed significant funding to support this unique partnership around learning and skills development for bookkeeping.
This partnership delivers on CPB Canada's strategic priorities to broaden our membership base, expand programming opportunities, and build a more diverse and inclusive outlook for the profession.
Strategic partnerships promote CPB Canada and its members toward broader national recognition as the leading association for certified professional bookkeepers – and cement our standing as a strong and diverse professional community.