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Certificate in Canadian Business

At York University’s IEP Bridging Program business students complete three university level courses to ensure their soft skills are top notch. These courses provide a full overview and practice of communication, teamwork, cross-cultural problem solving, leadership and management skills within the Canadian context.

Courses offered under the Business Certificate Program can be used as CPA preparatory courses to gain some or all the prerequisites required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program. Courses cover materials in financial reporting, strategy and governance, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance, taxation, information technology and quantitative methods/statistics.

Program Structure

Step One

Jumpstart to Success

If admitted, you will complete an orientation session and the one month eight-session workplace language preparation program. You will be evaluated on English language skills and commitment to the program (attendance, participation, completion and adherence to assignment deadlines, etc.) Performance in this Jumpstart to Success course will determine if you will continue in our Bridging Program Foundations skills courses.

If you successfully complete the course, you will be invited to the Foundations and specialized skills courses.

Step Two

Canadian Workplace Foundations Courses

You will be exposed to the Canadian business and cultural landscape through Foundations courses. The program will give you a full understanding and practice of teamwork, cross-cultural problem solving, communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, leadership and management skills within the Canadian context.

Business professionals complete the following courses for a total of 9 credits:

This course increases the communicative competence of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) in both business writing and presentation skills, while increasing their ability to analyse and negotiate the Canadian landscape of their chosen profession. Direct instruction is combined with simulations, discussions and group activities to develop clear, accurate, effective oral and written communication. Course credit exclusion: AP/WRIT 3989 3.00. Note: Open only to Participants in the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals.

Provides an overview of the Canadian business environment and focuses on the development of management skills for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP). Theoretical instruction is combined with case analyses and teamwork exercises to develop a comprehensive understanding of the course material. Open only to Participants in the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals in Business, Finance and Administration. Prerequisite: Score of 5.5 on YELT or equivalent. Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 1000 3.00, AP/ADMS 2400 3.00, AP/ADMS 3040 3.00, AP/ADMS 3930 3.00, AP/HRM 3440 3.00.

Examines the background and nature of business law and ethics in Canada. Explains the foundations of Canadian business law and the essential legal elements key to business success in Canada. Analyzes stakeholder-support of corporate and professional accountability and governance. Provides insights into the development of decision processes based on socially responsible and sound ethical decision-making frameworks. Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 2610 3.00. Open only to Participants in the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals in Business, Finance and Administration.

Step Three

Specialized Skills (Streams)

The program also enables you to take up to five advanced level university courses (15 credits) in your area of specialization. Through these specialized courses, you gain updated local professional knowledge and skills in you area of expertise.


Get specialized knowledge in managerial accounting, income taxation, finance, auditing and analysis. You can also take courses toward the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

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You will get the knowledge and skills needed to work toward two major designations within the finance field: Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner.

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Get managerial knowledge and essential business management skills. Excellence in managing organizations has always been a prerequisite for attaining high levels of organizational performance.

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You will acquire practical knowledge in all aspects of the field, including product management, advertising and communications, market research and consumer behaviour.

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Public Administration

Deepen your knowledge of Canadian politics and political institutions while developing in-demand critical, analytic, management and research skills. You’ll learn from committed professors with solid experience in the field.

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Back home I worked in the financial industry and my plan was to land a job in that industry here in Canada. I wanted to attend a well known university and get my CPA. The Bridging Program helped me with that!

— Antonio Giuliani

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