Balance sheet: Diversity of services has helped provide a steady stream of revenue

Over the five years to 2019, an expanding Canadian economy, in addition to an increasingly complex regulatory and tax structure, has bolstered demand for the Accounting Services industry in Canada. Operators in this industry provide a variety of services, including the financial statement preparation, budget development and the review of auditing records for small, medium and large businesses. Over the past five years, this diversity of services has helped provide a steady stream of revenue. In times of economic growth and improving investor optimism, the industry experiences a jump in revenue from assurance-related work, as accountants provide expertise for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and other capital market more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry growth has been propelled by an increase in Canadian businesses
  • Diversification in accounting practices has been essential to industry growth
  • The SR&ED program has evolved into an incentive affecting businesses of all sizes
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic distribution of establishments in the Accounting Services industry in Canada is positively correlated with the distribution of the general population. Accounting firms are often located near areas with a high level of business activity. Consequently, industry establishments are most heavily concentrated in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.OntarioOntario, which is the most heavily populated province in Canada, is estimated to comprise more than one-third of the Canadian population, specifically accounting for 35.0% of industry establishments. Many accounting firms choose to locate themselves in Ontario due to the proximity to financial and professional firms, which represents 38.5% of the Canadian population. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Accounting Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Accounting Services Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of businesses and Corporate profit in the Accounting Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Accounting Services Industry?

    This industry audits the accounting records of public and private organizations and attests to compliance with generally accepted accounting practices. Accounting services establishments provide a variety of accounting services, including auditing accounting records, designing accounting systems, preparing financial statements, developing budgets and providing advice on matters related to accounting.

    Industry Products
  • Auditing and other assurance services
  • Other services
  • Corporate tax preparation
  • Individual tax preparation services
  • Tax planning and consulting services
  • General accounting services
  • Insolvency and receivership services
  • Consulting services
  • Industry Activities
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Developing budgets
  • Designing accounting systems
  • Auditing
  • Providing accounting advice to corporate clients
  • Providing accounting advice to individuals and small businesses
  • Providing tax advice to corporate clients
  • Preparing accounts
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of businesses
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from finance and insurance
  • Demand from mining (except oil and gas)
  • Demand from oil and gas extraction

  • Current Performance
  • Expansion of services
  • Expansion continues despite headwinds
  • High profit and enterprise expansion
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Power of data
  • Transfer pricing changes
  • Consumer tax software
  • Industry structure and profit
  • Table: Accounting Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Accounting Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining In Canada
  • Oil Drilling & Gas Extraction in Canada
  • Finance and Insurance In Canada
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing In Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing in Canada
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling in Canada
  • Furniture Stores in Canada
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Auditing and other assurance services
  • General accounting services
  • Corporate tax preparation
  • Consulting services
  • Individual tax preparation services
  • Tax planning and consulting services
  • Other services
  • Insolvency and receivership services
  • Chart: Accounting Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial goods and services sector
  • Small businesses and individuals
  • Finance sector
  • Consumer and retail sector
  • Other businesses
  • Technology, media and telecom sector
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Accounting Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Accounting Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Accounting Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, KPMG International, EY,
  • Table: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited - financial performance
  • Table: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - financial performance
  • Table: KPMG International - financial performance
  • Table: EY - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Accounting Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Accounting Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Number of businesses (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The act of reviewing a company's financial operations to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Initial Public Offering (Ipo)
  • The issuing of a company's common stock to the public for the first time.
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (Ifrs)
  • The standards, interpretation and framework for financial reporting adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board.
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