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ADP vs. Powerpay

Small businesses need flexible payroll options. See how ADP compares as an alternative to Powerpay as you make your decision.

Get these tools with ADP, but not with Powerpay

Small Business Solution    
Comprehensive Bundle - Payroll, HR & Time offered not offered
HR advisory solution – Access resources, tools, and expert advice using an online portal. Native solution Reliance on third party
Employee Assistance Program (Counselling) by Dialogue – Provide employees with access to life-balance, health, and career coaching. offered not offered
Employee Assistance Program (Coaching) by Dialogue – Provide employees with access to life-balance, health, and career coaching. offered not offered
Employee Assistance Program (Families) by Dialogue – Provide access to eligible family members. offered not offered
Employee Discounts by Venngo – Help employees save money on their favorite brands. offered not offered
Service / Support    
Customer support - Robust channels (chat, 1-800 number, self-service centre and dedicated service). offered limited2

1. Information based on ADP internal research and is accurate as of February 29, 2024 and is subject to change.

2. Limited indicates some, but not all capabilities offered by ADP per results of internal research.

ADP Canada Co. and its affiliates do not offer investment, tax or legal advice to individuals. Nothing contained in this communication (or website) is intended to be, nor should be construed as, particularized advice or a recommendation or suggestion that you take or not take a particular action. ADP Canada Co. and its affiliates are not affiliated with Dayforce Powerpay, Wagepoint, QuickBooks Payroll, Payworks, UKG or Desjardins.

Why ADP is more robust compared to Powerpay

Tailored to your needs

More value. No costly add-ons.

  • ADP has a variety of flexible options designed specifically for small businesses. Taking into consideration the added value of HR tools that are included with ADP Workforce Now On the Go, it’s clear that our payroll solutions offer more value than other providers. Compare our payroll packages to see which plan is right for you.

HR Tools

Modern, intuitive solutions

  • HR tasks can be time-consuming and confusing — and you can’t afford the risk of HR compliance problems. Get what you need, when you need it, with industry-leading HR tools and services that make it easier to focus on your business.
  • Our free mobile app puts the data you need at your fingertips.

Experience & Expertise

ADP pays 1 in 5 Canadians

  • Over 40 years of payroll experience in Canada working with over 35,000 small business across Canada.
  • Always have peace of mind with support from certified payroll experts.

Award winning Customer Service team

Highly trained and accredited service associates. Unmatched expertise!

  • ADP has more Certified Professionals than any other organization. We offer support in English and French, coast to coast service with extended hours.
  • And we offer dedicated new client onboarding support for small businesses of all sizes.


Get payroll done in minutes!

  • ADP Workforce Now On the Go® is designed to make your small business payroll quick and easy. With a streamlined process and powerful technology, you'll complete payroll in no time.
  • Process payroll at your desk or on the move, during business hours or in the middle of the night.
  • Taxes are calculated, deducted, and paid automatically.
  • Keep ahead of provincial and federal tax laws and HR regulations with automatic updates covering all 10 provinces.
  • Avoid costly mistakes before they happen with intelligent tech that flags possible errors.

Awards and recognition

Top FAQs about ADP vs. Powerpay

Why should I choose ADP?

ADP stays on top of changing rules and legislation to help you comply with the latest payroll tax rules and regulations. We offer direct deposit and mobile payroll solutions that integrate with time and attendance tracking. We also automatically calculate deductions for taxes and retirement contributions, and provide expert support to help you stay compliant with regulations.

How long does it take to get set up and start running ADP payroll?

This depends on your company’s priorities, the services you’re using and how quickly you can access the required data. Some customers can be up and running within days, while others choose to make the transition over several weeks. Services beyond payroll may take longer to set up.

What services are included in pricing?

ADP offers several affordable options depending on a company’s size as well as on its payroll and HR requirements, so you only pay for what you require. Compare packages for your business needs to decide which payroll plan fits best.

How easy is it to switch payroll platforms?

Switching to ADP is easy because we transfer your employee data for you. We also provide helpful training to ensure a smooth and rapid transition. You don’t even have to wait for the start of a new quarter or a new year — ADP can support your switch anytime.

What type of customer support is offered?

You can rely on ADP's fast, friendly, and knowledgeable customer service representatives to support implementation and beyond. We provide live and online support including direct access to certified service professionals.

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