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Canada Payroll Guide

Hire employees in Canada.


Canadian Dollar (CAD)



Official language(s)

English, French

Canada Facts





Offical language(s)

English, French


Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Date format


Fiscal year

1 April - 31 March

Hiring in Canada

We're here to assist with all your Payroll and HR requirements in Canada, whether you’re looking for services in Toronto, Montreal or elsewhere.

Employer Responsibilities

In Canada, the following must be adhered to under strict local legislation:

  • Issuance of T4 documents
  • Minimum of 2 weeks’ vacation
  • Match CPP/QPP contributions

Frequently Asked Questions

How does payroll work in Canada?

Canadian regulations state employers must pay employees regularly. However, it is up to the employer whether they choose to pay on a weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly basis.

Employers with staff between the ages 18-70 are obliged to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or, for those based in Quebec, the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP).

What are the working hours?

The typical working week in Canada is 40 hours, with the exception of a few provinces which supply 48-hour working weeks. Subject to job role, all hours in excess would be classified as overtime and must carry an increase in remuneration.

What about dismissing an employee?

Employers must provide notice to all employees; exact timeframes vary by province. Severance pay is not mandatory but is required in certain provinces. Speak with one of our specialists to ensure you adhere to labor law.

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In-Country Employment Contracts

Creation of locally-compliant Canadian employment agreements, ensuring you and your employees are protected in-country. Our experts in Canada will create your bespoke agreement.

Payroll Processing

With global knowledge and local proficiency, we provide a fully-managed payroll solution that handles all the complex tasks, leaving you to focus on your business.

Tax and Labor Law

Canada’s complex legislation can be daunting. Our in-country specialists are an extended member of your team, steering you safely through tax and labor law.

Regulatory Compliance

Our in-country professionals provide a wealth of experience and expertise in Payroll & HR compliance, ensuring your venture complies with ever-changing legislation.

Start-Up Implementation

We’ll ensure you’re operational promptly in accordance with local law, advising on the best route for your business, whether it’s via a legal entity or foreign registration.

Declarations and Audits

Our local specialists will manage and submit annual declarations on your behalf, guaranteeing accurate and prompt reporting to the authorities and also providing support for audits.
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