Frequently Asked Questions

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Under Revenu Québec’s legislation, an employee’s public transit pass is not a taxable benefit in the following cases:

  • the employer reimburses or partially reimburses the employee, upon presentation of supporting documents, for an eligible public transit pass that is valid for at least one month or an eligible paratransit pass that the employee acquired to commute between their usual place of residence and the workplace; or
  • the employer purchases on behalf of their employee an eligible transit pass or an eligible paratransit pass that is provided to the employee for the primary purpose to commute between their usual place of residence and the workplace.

As per the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), if you pay for or provide your employee with a public transit pass, it is generally considered a taxable benefit and must be reported on the T4 in box 14 as employment income and code 40 (Other Information).

If an employer pays for the transportation pass (fully or partially) on behalf of the employee and the conditions are fulfilled as required by Revenu Québec, then the amount is not subject to QPP contributions, Quebec provincial income tax or QPIP premiums. The value of the pass is subject to federal income tax as it is considered a taxable benefit federally by the CRA. If an employer reimburses an employee, either fully or partially (with receipts), then the amount is subject to QPIP (even though the amount is not taxable provincially). The amount is also subject to federal income tax and EI.

Since the value of the benefit is not taxable in Quebec, there is no requirement to report the benefit on the RL-1 slip. Any amounts that the employer reimburses to the employee for the pass are subject to QPIP premiums, and the reimbursement is reported on the RL-1 in Box I (insurable earnings for QPIP). If the non-taxable conditions are not met, the value of the taxable benefit must be reported in boxes A and L of the RL-1 slip.  If the value of the employer-paid pass is taxable federally; it is reported on the T4 slip in box 14 and in the “Other information” area in code 40.

Yes, only CPA members can view and apply to job postings on JobConnect.

The CPA's CPE cycle runs annually from January 1 to December 31. However, the Association recognizes the recent educational investment and rigorous learning that newly certified members have undertaken to achieve certification, and as such, extend the initial CPE cycles for these members.

Newly certified in 2017:

  • PCP certification holders certified in 2017 will be required to attain and declare 14 hours of CPE prior to December 31, 2019, after which they will be required to attain and declare 14 hours of CPE annually.
  • CPM certification holders certified in 2017 will be required to attain and declare 21 hours of CPE prior to December 31, 2019, after which they will be required to attain and declare 21 hours of CPE annually.

Newly certified in 2018:

  • PCP Certification holders who become certified in 2018 will be required to attain and declare 14 hours of CPE prior to December 31, 2020, after which they will be required to attain and declare 14 hours of CPE annually.
  • CPM Certification holders who become certified in 2018 will be required to attain and declare 21 hours of CPE prior to December 31, 2020, after which they will be required to attain and declare 21 hours of CPE annually.

All certified members must submit a CPE Declaration online through the Association's website to confirm that they have met the annual CPE requirement by the end of their CPE cycle. CPE declarations are due by December 31 of each year.

If you passed the Introduction to Payroll Management course prior to January 1, 2017, the 5-year timeline to complete the CPM certification begins January 1, 2017. All certification requirements, including the Certification Declaration, must be completed prior to January 1, 2022.

The course cost depends on the study method chosen. Click here for more information. 

Note: In-classroom students must first register with the post-secondary institution and pay the applicable tuition fees. Then they must register with the CPA and pay the CPA registration fees to be sent the course materials and access to any online components. Students must have membership with the CPA on order to register for a course.

Similar to requirements in other professional fields like accounting and human resources, the PCP Work Experience Requirement enhances the quality of PCP graduates. It assures employers that certification holders can step into a payroll position with a limited amount of training because they have both payroll knowledge and payroll experience. The PCP Work Experience requirement elevates the profile of the PCP certification program with stakeholders, enhancing recognition of PCP certification as a fundamental requirement for a payroll position.

Every jurisdiction in Canada has established eligibility requirements for statutory holidays. If an employee meets the eligibility requirements, they are entitled to a statutory holiday regardless of their status as full or part-time. In cases where an employee’s wages vary, each jurisdiction has designated a formula to determine an average day’s pay to be paid for a statutory holiday.

The following table illustrates the eligibility and payment entitlements by jurisdiction.

Province

Entitled to be paid if…

Statutory holiday pay and does not work

Canada Labour Code, Part III

- employed 30 days 
- in a continuous operation, reported to work when requested

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, 1/20th of wages earned in 30 days preceding the holiday (continuous operation)

Alberta

Have worked last regular work day preceding and first regular work day after the holiday
Worked on the holiday if asked

5% of wages, general holiday pay and vacation pay earned in the previous four weeks immediately before the holiday

British Columbia

- employed 30 days 
- earned wages in 15 of last 30 days

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the average daily wage earned in last 30 days (amount earned/days worked)

Manitoba

- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday unless the employee is absent because of illness or consent from the employer 
- reported to work if normal working day and are expected to work 
- not refused to work on the holiday, if requested to work

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the pay is 5% of the employee’s total wages excluding overtime in the 4 workweeks immediately before the holiday

New Brunswick

- employed 90 days in last 12 months 
- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday 
- reported to work when agreed to work on holiday 
- not employed under a continuous work where they elect when to work

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the average daily wage earned in last 30 days (amount earned /days worked)

Newfoundland and Labrador

- employed 30 days 
- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the average daily wage earned in 3 weeks before the holiday

Northwest Territories/ Nunavut

- worked 30 days in last 12 months 
- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday 
- reported to work when scheduled to work on holiday 
- not on maternity or parental leave

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, average daily wages earned in 4 weeks immediately preceding the week in which the holiday occurs

Nova Scotia

- earned wages on 15 of last 30 days preceding the holiday 
- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the average daily wage earned in last 30 days (amount earned/days worked)

Ontario

- Worked last scheduled shift before and first scheduled shift after the holiday
- Reported to work on the holiday after agreeing to do so

- Paid average daily wage
If wages vary, the daily rate is determined by dividing the regular wages from the pay period immediately preceding the holiday by the number of days worked

Prince Edward Island

- employed 30 calendar days 
- earned wages on 15 of last 30 days preceding the holiday 
- work scheduled shifts before and after the holiday 
- no option to refuse to work if requested

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, the average daily wage earned in last 30 days (amount earned/days worked)

Quebec

- worked regular scheduled shift on holiday before and after the holiday or had valid reason for absence

- average daily wage. If hours vary, 1/20th of wages earned in last 4 complete weeks prior to holiday 
- Commissioned employees are paid 1/60th of wages/commissions earned in the 12 complete weeks before the holiday

Saskatchewan

- no conditions specified

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, 1/20th of wages earned in 4 weeks preceding the holiday

Yukon

- employed 30 days 
- reported to work when scheduled to do so on holiday 
- worked regular schedule before and after the holiday 
- was not on an unpaid leave in 14 days preceding the holiday

- paid regular daily wage for the day 
- if wages vary, 1/10th of wages earned (excluding vacation) in 2 weeks immediately preceding the week in which the holiday occurs

Effective January 1, 2018

The amendments to the Code will make holiday pay available to more employees with the following changes to the eligibility criteria:
  • the requirement to be employed at least 30 days prior to the holiday will be removed
  • the requirement that the employee work on the day of the week the holidays falls on at least five times in the previous nine weeks will be removed

The calculation of an average day of pay for an eligible holiday will also be changed to 5% of wages from the previous four weeks worked.

We offer employers a variety of competitively priced packages to choose from, open to both CPA members and non-members. However, only CPA members benefit from discounted rates and have access to all the postings.

The annual membership fee depends on the membership category. Click here for current fees.

You will receive an email with a link and password to access the archived version of the webinar you registered for 2-3 business days after the live webinar has taken place. If you do not receive a confirmation email after 2-3 business days, please check your junk mail folder and be sure to whitelist the Canadian Payroll Association in your address book.

Under the Quebec Taxation Act, gifts and awards follow similar principles to the federal requirements with two main differences:

The first difference is that under Revenu Québec’s legislation, there are two separate $500 annual exemptions that can be used, one for gifts and a second for awards. However, the CRA allows for one $500 annual exemption for both gifts and awards.

Secondly, an employee in Quebec who is given a gift card specifying the name of the merchant, provided in recognition of a special occasion or as an award for an accomplishment such as meeting safety standards, will not be taxed on amounts of $500 or less. On the other hand, the CRA does not accept the gift card under their annual exemption policy and is therefore fully taxable.

Both Revenu Québec and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) consider gifts and awards to be employment income except when non-cash gifts under $500 are provided to recognize an occasion or accomplishment.

Gifts that fall outside of Revenu Québec and CRA’s gift and award policy are taxable and subject to Q/CPP and Income taxes. If the gift or award is provided in cash, it is subject to Q/CPP, EI, QPIP, and Income taxes.

Taxable gifts and awards are reported on the RL-1 in boxes A and L and on the T4 in box 14 and code 40.

After reviewing the continuing education processes of other associations, the CPA streamlined its CPE reporting cycle to an annual process. The one-year CPE cycle provides for a clearer and more consistent process for all certified members. It enables you to keep your knowledge up to date each year and better communicate your new learning to your employer and the CPA.

Payroll work experience is 2 years of weighted payroll experience where you are responsible for the payroll function of an organization, including being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees' pay and statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained within the past 5 years.

This experience must be demonstrated to, and approved by, the CPA through the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA). The CPA must approve your application before you can enroll in the Introduction to Payroll Management course.

We only evaluate credentials for those who have successfully completed the first core payroll course, Payroll Compliance Legislation.

Once you have successfully completed Payroll Compliance Legislation, you may submit transfer credit requests for the required non-payroll courses in the Certification Programs.

The weighting of the PCP Work Experience Requirement is determined by the number of hours per week spent completing payroll-oriented tasks. Using the standard 35-hour work week, the number of months spent completing qualifying work experience can be calculated. For example, if you spend 20 hours per week on payroll-oriented tasks and have held the position for 16 months, you would be granted a total of nine months (20 / 35 * 16 = 9.14). Only a completed month of experience will be counted (no fractions, decimals or rounding).

A medical reimbursement made by the employer directly to the employee is considered taxable and must be included in the employee’s pay. As a cash taxable benefit, the reimbursement is subject to Canada/Quebec Pension Plan contributions (C/QPP), Employment Insurance (EI) and Quebec Pension Insurance Plan (QPIP) premiums, as well as federal and provincial income tax deductions. The reimbursement must also be reported in Box 14 and Code 40 of the T4 slip and Boxes A and L of the RL-1.

You do not have to be a member of the CPA to post on JobConnect. Non-members can create non-member accounts to place JobConnect ads, register for events and order other CPA products. However, only CPA members receive 20% off all JobConnect posting and resume review services, and have access to all the postings. 

Click here for information about becoming a CPA member.

There are three types of membership:

  • Professional Member: You are certified as a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) or Certified Payroll Manager (CPM).
  • Associate Member: You would like to take advantage of the benefits of memberships, and you are not certified nor is your company a member. This is also an option if you are a student pursuing the PCP certification.
  • Organization Member: Your organization operates, is responsible for or has an interest in Canadian payroll. Member benefits can be enjoyed by all relevant employees.
To view a detailed description of each type of membership, please click on Types of Membership.

After registering for an archived webinar, you will receive an email confirmation with the login information to access the archived webinar. Confirmation emails are sent 2-3 business days after the registration has been processed. If you do not receive a confirmation email after 2-3 business days, please check your junk mail folder and be sure to whitelist the Canadian Payroll Association in your address book.

If you have any difficulty with sign-up or application process, or have any other questions about JobConnect, contact Customer Service: email cpa@jobboardadvertising.ca or call 1.844.864.7355. We are available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.

Please contact the Customer Service number or email above before contacting the CPA, as the CPA cannot help you with the technical aspects of JobConnect.