The Benefits of Membership

Become part of Canada's growing payroll community

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Authoritative Knowledge

Payroll InfoLine: The CPA's most valued member service, this toll-free telephone and email "hotline" provides members with accurate answers to their most complex payroll questions. Staffed by payroll experts with more than 200 years of combined payroll experience, Payroll InfoLine answers more than 37,700 inquiries per year.

Your online source for payroll information, including:

  • Payroll Tip of the Week
  • Federal & Provincial Legislative Updates
  • Payroll Best Practices Guidelines
  • Forms, Checklists and Reference Material
  • Payroll Mall (list of suppliers/vendors)
  • JobConnect (online job and resume posting service)

Publications: DIALOGUE magazine, the CPA's official member publication, is published six times a year. The CPA e-Source, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is your source for the latest legislation and compliance updates, payroll and HR tips, and professional development opportunities.

Compliance Rates Sheet: This removable and repositionable "cling" sheet contains all the mandatory payroll remittance rates for reference through the year.

Professional Development

Networking: The CPA provides numerous networking opportunities for members to make valuable industry contacts within a community of 20,000 organizations and individuals.

Professional Development Series (PDS): The CPA holds more than 400 professional development seminars and workshops across Canada each year to address key payroll topics. From Learning Payroll I and II, which cover the basics, to Taxable Benefits and Allowances and Year-end, our Professional Development Series has something to offer payroll newcomers and seasoned professionals alike.

Conferences: Our Annual Conference & Trade Show, held in a different city each year, is the premier payroll networking event featuring more than 50 educational and keynote sessions. It also includes the largest payroll trade show in Canada and plenty of opportunities for networking.

National Payroll Week (NPW): Held annually in September, NPW recognizes the accomplishments of the payroll community and builds greater awareness of the contributions of payroll professionals in today's workplace.


The CPA's Certification Programs: Canada's only payroll certification programs, anchored by the CPA's standard of excellence, give you the competitive advantage that up-to-date knowledge and skills bring. The CPA's Certification Programs offer two certifications:

  • Payroll Compliance Practioner (PCP)
  • Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)

Employers recognize the PCP as the knowledge requirement for payroll positions and the CPM for payroll management positions in Canada.

Courses are offered at colleges and universities across Canada. Online courses offered through the CPA start monthly.

Click here  for more information on the CPA's Certification Programs.


The CPA represents employers' interests to federal and provincial government ministries, departments and agencies, proactively influencing payroll-related legislation and policies to enable all stakeholders to administer them in an efficient and effective manner.

The CPA is one of only 10 professional and trade associations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as "an important contributor to the integrity and efficiency of tax and customs administration in Canada."