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How Windmill and CPA Ontario help internationally-educated accountants

Windmill Microlending CPA Ontario

The CPA designation is your key to a highly successful career.

Windmill Microlending can help you achieve it.

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) are Canada’s trusted business leaders. They’re at the forefront of change and innovation, highly valued for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. CPA Ontario has partnered with Windmill Microlending to provide financial support to internationally-educated accountants and business professionals pursuing their CPA designations.

See if you're eligible for an affordable loan from Windmill Microlending with our two-minute eligibility quiz

About Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending is a Canadian non-profit offering low-interest loans for skilled newcomers who need financial support to pay for the cost of licensing and credentials. Since 2005, Windmill has supported over 7,000 skilled immigrants and refugees.

Continue your career in Ontario. We can help with affordable loans to pay for CPA program costs and other expenses during your period of study.

To date, Windmill has approved 490 loans for newcomers in the field of accounting.

Our clients in the accounting field increase their income by 3X on average.

74% of CPAs in Ontario are in leadership positions.

Map the pathway to become a CPA

If you are an international accounting professional, and want to work as an accountant, you will need to be licensed in order to work. Download Windmill’s Chartered Professional Accountant Educational Pathway to learn more about the steps you can take to do this kind of work in Canada.

Rahul's CPA story

Rahul Windmill Microlending CPA Ontario

“A CPA designation sets you apart. Windmill helped me get there.”


Rahul arrived in Toronto in 2018, leaving behind a four-year career as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in India.

With the support of a Windmill loan, Rahul became a member of CPA Ontario in April 2019, just eleven months after arriving in Canada. Today, Rahul has secured a job at the same level he had reached in India, which makes him proud.

“It’s a big achievement for any immigrant to reach that level in less than a year because it’s difficult to get the same recognition in terms of education and work experience in a different country.”

Get started

Interested in learning more about the CPA certification program? Register for an upcoming in-person or online information session hosted by CPA Ontario to explore your options.

Learn more

If you’re a skilled immigrant seeking to become a CPA in Ontario, you can complete a transcript assessment to determine your entry point into the CPA program.


Windmill’s low-interest loans help skilled immigrants achieve career success in Canada. Take our two-minute eligibility quiz to find out if a Windmill loan is right for you.

In partnership with CPA Ontario.

Statistics as of June 30, 2022. Income data is based only on those who have completed their Career Success Plan and paid their loan in full.