CANADIAN PAYROLL ASSOCIATION RELATED TO COVID-19 

The Canadian Payroll Association continues to monitor the evolving impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and take appropriate action to protect the health and safety of the payroll community. The well-being of our members, volunteers, affiliates, partners, stakeholders, and staff is our priority.

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ASSOCIATION OPERATIONS - March 18, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT​

Like most organizations across the country, business operations of the Canadian Payroll Association are being affected by this evolving situation. To proactively safeguard employees and the community at large through social distancing, Association staff are now working from home. The need to work from home will be re-evaluated on April 5, 2020.

Rest assured that the Canadian Payroll Association is continuing to work on your behalf to provide you with the information and services you need to complete every payroll accurately and on-time.

Immediate service, event, and program changes are as follow:

  • 2020 Certification Recognition Events have been cancelled. We will celebrate a double 2020 / 2021 graduation year in 2021.
  • In-class Professional Development Seminars have been suspended until April 30, 2020. A selection of seminars are being moved to an online environment, and registrants are being notified of the new dates.
  • PCP in-class students are being permitted to continue and complete their course at home. This includes the midterm exam.


More details on these changes can be found in the tabs below.

As you can appreciate, this is a complex and rapidly changing situation. The Canadian Payroll Association continues to monitor the situation, including instructions from government agencies, and take all appropriate actions to protect the entire payroll community. 

To help you keep up-to-date with any and all changes to services, events, professional development, and other Canadian Payroll Association programs, please visit this page regularly.


COURSE MATERIALS ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE - March 30, 2020  |  5:00 PM EDT
 

To support the fight against COVID-19 through social distancing, the Canadian Payroll Association is unable to ship printed materials at this time.
                           
To ensure you have access to all of the materials you need to continue towards attaining your PCP/CPM, all reading materials are accessible online. Once normal operations resume, all students will receive printed materials.


SELF PROCTORING - March 23, 2020  |  4:00 PM EDT


In order to protect the health and safety of the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) students of the Canadian Payroll Association, we are temporarily implementing self-proctoring for all PCP course final exams in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

To ensure social distancing, students are encouraged to input their own contact information when registering a proctor.  The ‘Register Proctor’ button will continue to be on the ‘Your Courses’ page under the ‘Enter’ button. 

On the day of the exam, the student will log in to the course in the usual manner. Once the student clicks on the ‘Final Exam’ link, the system will request the proctor code which the student will input to start the exam. 

All other rules surrounding the writing of the final exam are still required to be followed. No other applications or browsers are permitted to be open during the exam, the exam is closed book, must be completed independently, within the time limit and using only the following aids: the current Student Information Guide (with no added written or inserted documentation), blank scrap paper, and a non-programmable calculator.

By entering your email address as the proctor, you acknowledge that you will follow the rules of the examination.

 

CURRENT STUDENTS - COURSES AND EXAMS - March 18, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT​

For all in-class students, given that most post-secondary institutions in Canada have made the difficult decision to shut temporarily, including transitioning their in-class students to online learning, we are permitting all PCP students to complete their course at home. This includes the completion of the midterm exam. Also, we are temporarily extending the final exam date in accordance with the schedules of each post-secondary institution.

For online students, we are temporarily extending the final exam date by two weeks. 

If classrooms and/or test centres are closed for a prolonged period, the Association is also reviewing the requirements for virtual proctoring services, or another alternative. 

We will communicate additional information as it becomes available. 

 

IN CLASS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020 - March 18, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT​

In light of federal and provincial government recommendations regarding large events and public gatherings, effective immediately we have suspended in-class Professional Development Seminars until April 30, 2020, and will transition several seminars into our online learning environment.  All members who have already registered for an in-class professional development seminar will be notified of these changes independently.

Please check our website for the most up-to-date information as we continue to reassess the situation.

The Canadian Payroll Association thanks you for your continued support as we implement these proactive measures to protect the entire payroll community

If you have any questions, please email register@payroll.ca.

 

2020 CERTIFICATION RECOGNITION EVENTS CANCELED - March 13, 2020  |  12:00 PM EDT

In light of the formal federal and provincial government recommendations regarding large events and public gatherings, we are cancelling this year's Certification Recognition Lunch Events. We will be recognizing the combined graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 together at next year's ceremonies to provide all graduates the opportunity to experience these celebrations. If applicable, your current registration will be fully refunded to you.

We thank you for your continued support of the CPA as we implement this proactive measure to protect the well-being of our members during the current challenging climate.

In these uncertain times, accurate and timely payroll is more important than ever. To help you manage, the Canadian Payroll Association has developed a comprehensive Q&A document related to the impacts of COVID-19 on payroll compliance. Topics include completing the ROE, Layoffs and EI Benefits.

This document will be updated as required.

Click here to download the Q&A document.