The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Accounting and Financial
$64,466.41 - $75,842.83 / year
Competition Number: HW24-69E

Halifax Water is accepting applications for one (1) Regular, Full-Time Accountant in the Corporate Services Department. Halifax Water's goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the community we serve, at all job levels. Halifax Water believes a diverse workforce positively contributes to its success, and the success of our community. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, LGBTQ+ community, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Indigenous persons. Halifax Water encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter.

What you'll do


Under the supervision of the Manager of Accounting, the Accountant, as part of a team, is responsible for maintaining accounting records as well as ensuring accuracy and compliance with accounting procedures and reporting requirements.

  1. Maintain the accounting system including the coordination of the flow of work, staff training, preparation of financial information and performance of related record keeping and reporting functions in a timely and accurate manner.
  2. Perform accounting functions including the processing, balancing, maintenance and reconciliation of accounts payable, accounts receivable, the general fund bank account, general ledger accounts, journal entries in accordance with Halifax Water accounting policies and timelines. Other accounting related duties as required.
  3. Administer capital project accounting as well as prepare/provide, analyze and assess status reports.
  4. Administer the accounting of capital cost contribution and local improvement charge processes.
  5. Maintenance of cost records for capital assets in terms of capitalization and retirement data, depreciation calculations, and back up data, including the close out of capital work orders in accordance with policy and procedure.
  6. Initiate contact with and respond to inquiries from suppliers, contractors and staff regarding accounting related issues.
  7. Prepare general ledger and sub ledger analysis and reconciliation as required.
  8. Administration, file processing and staff training relative to purchase cards.
  9. Accounting work orders, including set up, close out, and third party billings, and maintain all related files.
  10. Prepare monthly/ quarterly/ yearly remittances and related reports for government and regulatory bodies. (e.g. Nova Scotia Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB).
  11. Acts as a resource person in other departments for related work as required.
  12. Provide input with regard to accounting system requirements to meet the needs of Halifax Water, and to ensure compliance with accounting procedures.
  13. Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

What you'll need



  • Undergraduate degree in business with a concentration in accounting, or equivalent level of recognized accounting designation, CA, CGA, CMA; or an equivalent combination of related formal education and experience.
  • Familiarity with SAP accounting environment and Electronic Business Banking would be assets.


  • Three years senior accounting experience.

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A little bit about us

Halifax Water

As Atlantic Canada's Largest Water Utility, our purpose is to supply and safeguard sustainable, high-quality water services.

Everything we do at Halifax Water is tied to our purpose. With employees who are dedicated to supplying high-quality services for water, wastewater, and stormwater, through a 'One Team One Water' attitude, we can meet the challenges of a growing population, aging infrastructure, and increasing regulatory compliance.

Halifax Water employees strive to be stewards of our environment and are fueled by a passion to serve our communities. Employee commitment and dedication of service mean a great deal to our customers, stakeholders, and to Halifax Water.

As an employee, Halifax Water is proud to offer you:

  • Pension & Benefits: We invest in our employees. As a member of our team, you will have access to a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, long-term disability, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, fitness incentives and much more. Learn more about the benefits of working at Halifax Water on our website;
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We continually foster a more diverse workforce representative of our communities at all job levels. We know that a diverse workforce positively contributes to our success and the success of our community.
  • Career & Professional Development: We encourage job development opportunities for all employees, including on-the-job training, tuition assistance, eLearning courses, classroom-based training, and more.

We are committed to providing a safe and hazard-free work environment. Our employees' health and well-being are a top priority, and we promote a safety-first culture to provide daily healthy, safe, sustainable, and reliable services. We take this responsibility seriously and feel immense pride in reaching beyond industry service standards.

As a public service utility operating critical infrastructure on behalf of our customers, our employees are trained in Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) and Incident Command System (ICS). This type of training allows Halifax Water to respond to all emergencies, from simple water main breaks to keeping customer water flowing (water, wastewater, and stormwater) through Hurricanes and other major natural events.

To learn more about What We Do, visit Halifax Water .

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Work With Us

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive training to guide your onboarding and success
  • Supportive Unionized workforce
  • Total rewards package (health and dental benefits, wellness programs, paid sick leave, three weeks' vacation, pension, and more!)
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Salary as per CUPE Local 1431 Collective Agreement: Starting Salary $64,466.41 | 12 Month Rate $75,842.83