National Payroll Week in September

16th annual celebration recognizes accomplishments of payroll professionals, the payroll community and the CPA

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is gearing up for National Payroll Week, its annual celebration of the payroll profession and promotion of the importance of payroll, from Sept. 13 to 17, 2010.

National Payroll Week (NPW) is the CPA’s largest annual public relations initiative and the 2010 edition marks its 16th year. NPW is designed to recognize the accomplishments of payroll professionals, the payroll community and the CPA by building greater awareness of the size and scope of payroll and its impact on business, government and employees across Canada. This year’s theme is “Communicating, Collaborating, Connecting.”

Canada's 1.5 million employers count on payroll professionals to annually pay:

•$730 billion in wages and taxable benefits

•$230 billion in statutory remittances

•$80 billion in health and retirement benefits

Payroll professionals must also ensure their organizations must comply with more than 185 federal and provincial regulatory requirements.

In announcing this year’s NPW, the CPA called payroll “mission-critical,” saying its size and scope impact business, government and employers across Canada from both a monetary and a business perspective. In addition, payroll professionals are the key communications point for employees and management on salaries and benefits, said the CPA.

Events across Canada

NPW will be recognized across the country, with 29 NPW events scheduled during the week. Each event will feature a presentation from a keynote speaker on “Communicating, Collaborating, Connecting.” Payroll professionals are responsible for many facets in an organization, including payroll, compliance, employment standards, accounting and benefits. This year’s theme recognizes that being able to work effectively both individually and in a team with employees, management, finance, human resources, vendors and government agencies is key to creating a successful payroll career. The CPA’s objective in these events is to help payroll professionals learn new ideas, provide practical tips and develop positive attitudes and behaviours.

Events will be held in the Atlantic region (Halifax/Dartmouth; Moncton, N.B.; St. John’s, N.L.); Quebec (Montreal and Quebec City); Ontario (Ajax, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, Peel Region, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Toronto); the Prairies (Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Alta., Regina, Saskatoon and Yellowknife); and the Pacific region (Kelowna, B.C., Prince George, B.C., Vancouver and Victoria).

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