Rise Lite

Free payroll software.
No strings attached.

Small businesses play an extremely important role in our communities and our economy. That’s why we offer a no-strings-attached free payroll software for Canadian companies with 20 employees or fewer.
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A free payroll software that doesn’t cheap out on features.
Rise Lite is more than a free payroll calculator. It’s a free payroll software that cuts down on manual data entry, ensures compliance, and automates your T4s, CRA remittances and ROEs—so small business owners can focus on growth.

With Rise Lite, small businesses with 20 employees or fewer can process employee payroll, pay via direct deposit, and deliver electronic pay stubs directly through email at no cost. As an added bonus, we manage all of your source deduction remittances for your pay runs.

Here’s what you get:

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No Nickel And Diming
No nickel-and-diming

Run payroll as many times as you need, at your convenience. Make off-cycle payments, cancel a pay run, or give a bonus on the spot.

Solid Connections
Solid connections

Submit your electronic ROEs to Service Canada, and your tax documents to the CRA, with an option to email T4s to employees.

Payroll Reports
Payroll reports

Download invoice statements, payroll registers, pay stubs, employee details, and more. And if you need help, send us an email.

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More time back

You have a lot to deal with in a day. Spend less of your time on payroll and focus more on running your business and growing your team.

It’s easy to sign up for our free payroll software

Check out our registration guide and free payroll software FAQs for more details.
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Free payroll software FAQs

There are absolutely no hidden fees for Rise Lite users—it’s free for companies with 20 employees or fewer.

If you do grow to over 20 active employees in the future, we’ll give you advance notice before fees are ever applied to your account and work with you to quickly and easily transition you to one of our paid subscriptions.

Banking information is required so that we’re able to withdraw funds from your account to pay for your payroll and source deduction remittances (e.g., CPP, EI, Income Tax) directly to the CRA on your behalf and make payroll less stressful for you.

By sharing your banking information with Rise, you’re also able to pay your employees by direct deposit rather than issuing paper cheques.

You can find everything you need to know about completing your registration in the step-by-step Rise Lite payroll registration guide.

Your Pay Schedule depends on the length of your pay period. Your Pay Period length is determined by your pay frequency: weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly.

Our system does not allow pay dates to fall on a weekend or on banking holidays (Saturday, Sunday or Statutory Holidays), so it’ll automatically adjust the pay date to the next closest business day.

It takes up to 5 business days for our Small Business Team to review your account. Once your account has been reviewed, the team will send you a welcome email and instructions on using our free payroll software.

If you’re paying your employees by direct deposit, you need to approve your payroll by 10am Pacific Time, 5 business days prior to (and not including) the pay date.

If you pay your employees’ wages yourself (e.g. by cheque), the 5 business day cut off does not apply. Please approve your payroll no later than the scheduled pay date.

Either way, we’ll still handle your remittances.

Yes, if you have a complete payroll register or employee pay stubs, we can import them for you. 

Year to date imports may take up to 5-7 business days and the Small Business Team will give you an update once it’s all done. This will not prevent you from processing payroll; it will only affect what your employees see on their pay stub if a pay date passes in that time. You’ll have the option to send an updated pay stub to the employee after the import has been completed.