ADP vs. QuickBooks® Payroll

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

Get these features with ADP, but not with QuickBooks Payroll

Small Business Solution    
Comprehensive Bundle - Payroll, HR & Time offered not offered
Payroll / Tax / Compliance    
Accessible from mobile devices - Run payroll anytime, anywhere, on your phone or tablet. offered not offered
Automatic Tax Calculations / Remittances – Done without you doing extra steps. offered not offered
Record of Employment – Sent to regulatory agencies automatically. offered not offered
Statement of Remittance - View remittances made on your behalf. offered not offered
Third Party Remittances – Remit garnishments, RRSPs, TFSAs, and more for supported vendors. offered not offered
Payroll outsourcing – Option to fully outsource your payroll to ADP. offered not offered
Onboarding / Support    
Customer support – Robust service channels (i.e. chat, 1-800, self-service centre and dedicated service). offered not offered
Online HR Portal – Access resources, tools, and expert advice. offered not offered
Employee Recruiting via ZipRecruiter - Post jobs to 100+ recruiting sites with one click and reach millions of job seekers. offered not offered
Employee handbook and setup support - Create a professional handbook tailored to your business. offered not offered
Legal Services by SpringLaw - Receive employment-law related legal advice. offered not offered
HR Helpdesk and Health Checks - Speak with ADP’s HR specialists for one-on-one support to answer your HR questions. offered not offered
Employee & Family Assistance Program by Homewood Health - Provide access to confidential counselling and coaching services. offered not offered
Employee Discounts by Venngo – Help employees save money on their favorite brands. offered not offered

1. Information based on ADP internal research and is accurate as of November 25, 2022 and is subject to change.

Legal Services are provided by SpringLaw Professional Corporation, a third party provider.

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 Ceridian Powerpay, Wagepoint, QuickBooks Payroll, Payworks, UKG or Desjardins.

Why ADP is more robust compared to QuickBooks Payroll

Tailored to your needs

  • 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
  • Our free mobile app puts the data you need at your fingertips

Experience & Expertise

  • Over 40 years of payroll experience in Canada working with over 35,000 small business across Canada; We pay 1 in 5 Canadians

Award winning Customer Service

  • Highly trained and accredited service associates. ADP has more Certified Professionals than any other organization. We offer support in English and French, coast to coast service with extended hours.

Top FAQs about ADP vs. QuickBooks Payroll

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.

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