Payroll Clerk

Competition Number: 24015

Job Title: Payroll Clerk

Department: Financial Services

Employment Type: Full-Time Union

Salary: $34.60/hr based on a 35-hour work week

Posted Date: February 26, 2024, 12:00 am

Closing Date: March 17, 2024, 11:30 pm

Last Modified: March 18, 2024, 5:59 am

Posting: Closed

Status: --


The City of Courtenay invites applications for a full-timeposition of "Payroll Clerk” in the Financial Services Department. This is a full-time, union position subject to the terms and conditions in the collective agreement between the City and CUPE Local 556.

The Payroll Clerk works collaboratively as a member of the Financial Services team and is responsible to support the Payroll Coordinator with the processing of payroll, new hires, terminations, salary changes, reclassification and benefit administration for union and exempt staff.


  • Member of the Canadian Payroll Association
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification with the Canadian Payroll Association; or working towards the PCP supplemented by equivalent combination of education and experience; or willingness and ability to obtain payroll designation supplemented by an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2-3 years recent experience in payroll practices, preferably in a unionized environment, local government, and confidential payroll
  • 1-2 years’ experience in benefit administration considered an asset
  • 1-2 years’ experience in Accounting considered an asset
  • Sound knowledge of the methods, practices and principles of preparing, calculating and processing all aspects of payroll including activities relating to hourly wages, salaries, leaves, year-end reconciliation, as well as monthly and year-end government reporting
  • Sound knowledge of Federal and Provincial government legislation and regulations, and union agreement(s) related to wage and benefits
  • Sound understanding of the financial and accounting implications of payroll transactions
  • Advance Excel and Word skills
  • Knowledge of Municipal Pension Plan legislation and administration considered an asset
  • Experience with Diamond Great Plains and Worktech / Pearl considered an asset
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, time management, analytical, problem solving and attention to detail skills
  • Ability to deal with customers (both external and internal) in a courteous and tactful manner
  • Strong ability to apply discretion to sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and independently


  • Superannuation / benefits administration training
  • Relevant accounting or business courses
  • Freedom of Information Act, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and Privacy Act training
  • Human Rights Legislation and Collective Agreements training

The successful candidate will be required to provide a clear Criminal Record Check.

The current hourly wage rate is $34.60 based on a 35-hour work week.  This is a full-time position; start date to be determined.

If you have the qualifications along with the passion to help Courtenay be the most livable City in British Columbia, then submit a resume outlining how you meet the qualifications with a covering letter clearly marked “Application – Payroll Clerk”.  Submit your application through the “Apply” button below. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those short listed will be contacted.


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