This guide helps you understand how Canadian holidays impact payroll for employees paid by direct deposit.

When are payroll transmissions due?

A payroll transmission is when direct deposits (pay cheques) are sent to Intuit to be processed. The deadlines are:

  • QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll: Two business days before the cheque date, before 8 pm ET. Federal banking holidays are not considered business days.
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced Payroll powered by Wagepoint:  Three business days before the cheque date, before 12 pm ET. Federal banking holidays are not considered business days. For more information on processing direct deposit during the holidays for QuickBooks Online Advanced Payroll, follow this link.

Note: If you're scheduled to submit direct deposit on a holiday, be sure to take the processing times listed above into consideration. For example, say you usually submit payroll on Wednesday to pay your employees by direct deposit on Friday. Boxing Day falls on a Wednesday in 2018, so this means you'll need to submit payroll by:

  • QuickBooks Online Payroll: Monday, December 24th, 2018, before 8 pm ET.
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced Payroll powered by Wagepoint: Friday December 21, 2018, before 12 pm ET

A list of holiday deadlines

The following is a list of deadlines for holidays.