Small Business Payroll

Run your small business. Leave payroll to ADP®.

Partnering with small businesses is our sweet spot.

In Canada, approximately 35,000 small businesses trust ADP with their payroll services — and many have as few as one employee. We know that every business is unique, so we’ve designed small business payroll solutions to help you:

Save money

Discover our affordable options and only pay for the services you need.

Save time

Every minute counts. Run payroll in just a few clicks.

Sleep easier

Payroll and payroll taxes remitted on your behalf — accurately and on time.

Get amazingly simple payroll, plus expert support.

You don’t want just any payroll solution. You want the best — hands down. With ADP’s online payroll software, you can:

  • Run payroll in just a few clicks
  • Have payroll taxes calculated, deducted and remitted automatically
  • Pay your way — choose direct deposit, cheques delivered to you or print your own cheques
  • Get answers from experienced payroll professionals
  • Always have online access to your quarterly and annual reports
  • Integration with time tracking available

Small business payroll software reviews.

4.4 / 5 Stars

(5,060 Reviews)

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4.40 / 5 Stars

(5,100 Reviews)

4.4/5.0 stars

4.37 / 5 Stars

(4,970 Reviews)

4.3/5.0 stars

As of 6/21/2021

Why choose ADP small business payroll software?

Value is key — and so is price

You need a small business payroll solution that works for you now and in the long run. We understand — with our affordable options, you only pay for the services you need.

"ADP has been able to help us take our attention away from the back-office work and focus on our core product. The reports we get from ADP really help us with our cash flow."

— Colin Carter, Founder and CEO BitCine Technologies, Toronto.

Keep things simple — and quick

Imagine running payroll in just a few clicks — anytime, anywhere. Your payroll taxes are remitted for you. Your quarterly and annual reporting — done.

T4 forms created and sent automatically.

Feel confident that our payroll software can help you stay up to date with the latest payroll and payroll tax regulations.

Keeping data safe

Our world-class global security organization helps ensure that your and your employees’ data is safe and secure.

  • ADP Canada issues SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 reports over selected products and services.

Run payroll and manage employees’ time and attendance

Simplify your payday with ADP Workforce Now On the Go, the all in one mobile and desktop payroll and time & attendance software for Canadian business owners.

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What ADP small business payroll customers are saying

Awards and recognition for ADP.

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

Payroll Management - 2021

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

Payroll Solutions - 2021

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

Performance & Talent Management Solutions - 2021

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

Time & Attendance Solutions - 2021

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

Recruitment Solutions/Software - 2021

Canadian HR Reporter Readers' Choice

HR Management/Information Solutions - 2021

Small business payroll FAQs

How much does small business payroll cost?

The cost of small business payroll depends on several factors, including payroll frequency, total number of employees and the specific services that are needed. Most commonly, there is a per-payroll processing fee and an annual base fee. The important thing to remember is that a payroll service may actually save you money when compared to the cost of tax penalties. ADP will work with you to determine the right payroll setup for your business, whether you have just one employee or several.

Can a small business do their own payroll?

Do-it-yourself payroll is a popular choice for some new businesses, but like any other DIY project, it may only save you money if you have the skills and resources to do it correctly. You could be quickly overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to run payroll on your own and the costly penalties that can possibly ensue if you make mistakes. For this reason, many small businesses turn to a payroll service provider for assistance.

How do small businesses run payroll?

Whether you choose to tackle the job on your own or work with a professional, running small business payroll, in its most basic form, consists of these steps:

  1. Track and record employee hours worked
  2. Calculate wages and withholding amounts (taxes, benefits, etc.)
  3. Distribute wages to employees
  4. Deposit the withheld taxes with appropriate government agencies
  5. File employer tax returns at the applicable deadlines
  6. Send employees T4/Releve and other required tax forms
  7. Issue Record of Employment (ROE)

Throughout each stage of this process, you’ll need to comply with constantly changing regulations – a task that can be difficult without the expertise of a payroll provider like ADP.

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