The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has been representing employers’ payroll interests since 1978, through its core purpose of Payroll Compliance through Education and Advocacy and its values of Community, Professionalism and Authoritative Compliance Knowledge.

Professional payroll administration is mission-critical because of the magnitude of the remuneration by employers and the breadth of the legislative compliance requirements.

Canada's 1.5 million employers count on payroll professionals to annually pay $928 billion in wages and taxable benefits, $313 billion in federal and provincial statutory remittances, and $177 billion in health and retirement benefits, as well as produce 26 million T4s, 9 million T4As, and 7 million RL-1s - all while complying with over 200 regulatory requirements.

As the authoritative source of Canadian payroll compliance knowledge, the CPA influences the operational, compliance and technology policies and processes of payroll service bureaus, software providers, hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers, as well as federal and provincial tax authorities. The CPA advocates on behalf of employers to federal and provincial governments, proactively influencing payroll-related legislation to enable all stakeholders to administer them in an efficient and effective manner.

As the source of payroll education and advocacy, the CPA delivers certification, professional development programs, and products and services that enable payroll practitioners to enhance operations, meet new legislative requirements and utilize emerging technologies.

The CPA also provides many opportunities to network with your colleagues within a community of more than 20,000 organizations and individuals, including our Certification Recognition Events, Annual Conference & Trade Show, and National Payroll Week activities.