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CPA Program

At Sobeys, we offer career opportunities across the country in retail stores, retail support centres and corporate offices, all requiring an array of skill and education levels. We believe in training and promoting our employees from within our organization. This is why we are very proud to be one of the first companies in Canada, the first company in Nova Scotia and first grocery retailer to be approved as a CA Training Office in industry.

With the impending merger between the national accounting bodies, Sobeys is excited to continue our tradition of training designated accountants under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) banner.

Why Sobeys?

Career Paths

After the completion of the CPA program, there are a number of career opportunities available within the company. At Sobeys, we have over 100 employees who are either working towards designations, or already designated professional accountants within various areas of the business. These professionals use the experience gained while training for their accounting designations in their new roles as Analysts, Senior Analysts, Managers, Directors or Vice Presidents.
With opportunities for roles in Finance, Tax, Merchandising, Marketing, Category Management, Information Technology, Human Resources and/or Retail Operations, the sky is the limit for those with a passion for this business and who drive for success!

JOB Rotations

During your CPA training at Sobeys, you will have the opportunity to work in other areas of the business typically unavailable through accounting firm programs. For example, Internal Audit will give you insight into the planning, execution and reporting of various audits that relate to potential organization risks. Working in our Real Estate or Retail Accounting teams you will be responsible for accounting for properties and/or stores, identifying, preparing and analyzing reports to be presented to various levels of management. At Sobeys, we know your practical experience drives your passion for the business. Practical work experience is a key element in becoming a CPA.


The CPA program is an intense program and that is why Sobeys assigns each of their students a mentor. These mentors are recent graduates themselves and are there for support during the CPA modules and the Common Final Evaluation.
Further, each student is assigned a more senior professional (Counseling Member) who works with the student at least twice a year to ensure the student is meeting the practical experience required for the CPA program.

Meet The Ca

Ryan achieved his CA designation in 2007 and started working at Sobeys shortly thereafter in 2008 as a Senior Financial Analyst. Ryan used his knowledge of the company and his CA training to later move into the role of Manager, Financial Reporting later that same year. There he is responsible for Management Discussion and Analysis, Pension Plan Reporting and Stats Canada Filings. Ryan is now an active mentor in Sobeys Chartered Accountant Training Program to help current students as they work towards earning their designation.

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At Sobeys, we’ve elevated a trip to the grocery store to an enticing shopping experience. A proudly Canadian company with more than 100 years in the food business, we combine the helpful service and variety of delicious fresh and prepared foods you’d expect from a farmer’s market with all the conveniences of the modern one-stop grocery store. From skilled in-store bakers to knowledgeable fishmongers and butchers, Sobeys team members are dedicated to creating a friendly and appealing environment where the customer comes first and sustainability is at the heart of what we offer.
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Part of the Sobeys family from 2013, Safeway has been serving Canadian communities since 1929. Today there are Safeway stores from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ont. Our in-store bakers make artisan breads, pastries and cakes from scratch, and our deli offers hot and cold quick meal solutions, as well as freshly brewed Starbucks® and Tim Hortons® coffees. Our team is dedicated to selecting the highest quality products for our customers. Safeway florists create custom and ready-to-buy flower arrangements, and our butchers, fishmongers and grocers are always on hand to offer friendly in-store advice. We’re committed to community involvement, hunger prevention and environmental sustainability.
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Thrifty Foods grocery stores proudly serve communities across Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland British Columbia. As your greener grocer, we operate around the core values of corporate social responsibility, which include supporting B.C. farmers, protecting the oceans and partnering with vendors that use sustainable business practices. We offer hundreds of certified organic products and a range of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance items. And in the spirit of offering you quality and convenience, groceries can be ordered online for home delivery. We at Thrifty Foods are committed to helping build the kind of world we’d like to live in—today, tomorrow and in the future
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Since 1957, IGA has been dedicated to providing communities with farm-fresh produce and products at affordable prices. In over 30 convenient locations across Western Canada, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to provide customers with the highest level of service. We proudly serve the communities we work in and strive to support our local producers. At IGA, we are on a mission to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.
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Foodland stores provide a warm and friendly shopping experience in over 140 communities across Ontario. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh food, including local and internationally sourced produce, Butcher Cut meat, in-store bakery, deli, Food to Go and grocery products. We work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our neighbours and customers. Our staff is friendly and informed, and we provide a clean and welcoming environment, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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Foodland and our family of select Co-op stores provide a clean and welcoming full-service shopping experience to customers in smaller communities in Atlantic Canada. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh produce, meats, deli meats and cheeses, and freshly baked breads and sweets. With our assortment of grocery products and frozen food, you’ll find everything on your grocery list. Locally owned and operated, we work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our customers and neighbourhoods, too. We care about you and about making our community a better place for everyone. Our customer service is friendly, informed and eager to provide you with the best service in town, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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FreshCo offers shoppers in Ontario the quality and variety they look for in a discount grocery store—at great savings. Our grocery store is simple and inviting, with spacious aisles and an array of fresh, frozen, deli, bakery and grocery favourites, as well as international staples. We’re committed to supporting Ontario farmers and stocking local meats and seasonal produce whenever possible. The FreshCo banner lets customers stick to their budgets without having to compromise on choice or shopping experience. In fact, we offer price matching to ensure we’re guaranteed to have the lowest prices in your neighbourhood.
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Lawtons Drugs has been helping customers Look better, Feel better and Live better for more than 100 years. We are committed to the health and well-being of both our customers and our employees. We pride ourselves on having a positive and engaging environment that allows you to pursue your interests and grow with us. We have something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. With more than 79 retail locations across Atlantic Canada specializing in solutions to help our customers lead better lives, there are many opportunities for growth within the pharmacy, home health care, cosmetics, retail store, corporate office and wholesale areas. Wherever your interest lies, we all share a common goal with our parent company, Sobeys Inc., to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. Won’t you be part of our team?
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