Continuous Payroll System Education – Staying on Top of Changing Policies and Trends

Payroll professionals are faced with new and different scenarios each day and our education does not stop with the achievement of a Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) certification or a school diploma.  The life of a payroll services professional is always changing and far from boring.

As Provincial and Federal Legislation are frequently revised, subscribing to various newsletters and websites will keep you up to date and notify you of changes.  However, it is still best practice to refer back to Government resources for the most accurate information when you need to update your payroll system and payroll software.  The resources for payroll services professionals are endless.  Websites available for extensive reference include the following:

CRA website

Service Canada


Employment Standards (Federal and Provincial)

Education can also take on a more formal role.  Many organizations offer customized training sessions to their employees on customer service, best practices and organization specific technology.  Moreover, there are several courses offered by providers outside your organization. The CPA, for example, offers numerous professional development courses for payroll services including seminars, webinars, virtual classroom training and custom payroll training that can be brought directly to your workplace.

One of the best resources may even be closer than you think. Never underestimate the value of your fellow co-workers who specialize in payroll services for Canada.  A situation may be new to you, but someone else in your organization may have had previous experience with something similar.  Do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help from others in your payroll services company.   Everyone brings their own unique background and experience, which helps contribute to the overall success of the team.

PEO Payroll Specialists are constantly updating their knowledge and expertise, by hiring a PEO in Canada, this will ensure that, as a company’s payroll software and payroll system, you remain compliant with payroll legislation.

I think a popular quote that appears on our office wall sums it up best:

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” – Henry Ford


Lori Thackray / Payroll Administrator / PEO Canada

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