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Check your pay stub

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Find out how to access and interpret your pay stubs as a federal public service employee.

View your pay stub

Depending on whether you have access to the Government of Canada network or not, you have different options for viewing and downloading your pay stubs.

With access to the Government of Canada network

You have 3 ways to view and download your pay stubs:

No access to the Government of Canada network

If you're on an extended leave or you're a former employee, you may not have access to the Government of Canada network.

Contact the Client Contact Centre to get your pay stubs sent to you by mail or electronically through Connect from Canada Post.

Understand your pay stub

Your pay stub contains pay codes and abbreviations in both Compensation Web Applications and Phoenix. Consult these lists of common earnings and deductions codes, abbreviations and acronyms to help you understand what they represent.

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How public service pay works provides details on direct deposit, pay days, and gross and net pay calculations.

Compare earnings and deductions in CWA vs Phoenix

Your earnings and deductions amounts are the same on the CWA pay stub as they are in Phoenix. However, differences between CWA terminology and Phoenix terminology affects how these amounts appear on the pay stub.

Compare year-to-date amounts on CWA pay stub with Phoenix tax slips

Your year-to-date (YTD) amounts are the same on the last CWA pay stub for the calendar year as they are on the Phoenix tax slip. However, if a cheque is cancelled or an overpayment is created after the last pay of the year, tax slips will be adjusted but the amounts on the CWA pay stub will not change.

Comparison table of CWA pay stub vs Phoenix tax slips

This table highlights which YTD amounts on the last pay stub for the year to use to compare them to your tax slips.

Features Pay stub in Compensation Web Applications (CWA) T4 in Phoenix RL-1 in Phoenix
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Taxable gross In CWA, this is your gross amount that is taxable. It includes taxable earnings and benefits. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip.

On your T4, this is Box 14 Employment income.

Note: Add together all Box 14 amounts if you received multiple T4 slips.

On your RL-1, this is Box A Revenus d’emploi, less any Quebec taxable benefit amounts in Box J Régime privé d’ass. maladie and Box L Autres avantages.
Federal tax In CWA, this is the amount of federal tax deducted from your pay. Use the year to date amount to compare to your T4 slip. On your T4, this is Box 22 Income tax deducted. Not applicable (see Provincial tax).
Provincial tax In CWA, this is the amount of Quebec provincial tax deducted from your pay if applicable. Use the year to date amount to compare to your RL-1 slip. Not applicable (see Federal tax). On your RL-1, this is Box E Impôt du Québec retenu.
Superannuation In CWA, this is the amount deducted for the Public Service Pension Plan. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 20 RPP contributions. On your RL-1, this is Box D Cotisation à un RPA.
CPP/QPP In CWA, this is the amount deducted for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Québec Pension Plan (QPP), whichever applies to you. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 17 Employee’s CPP contributions. On your RL-1, this is Box B Cotisation au RRQ.
Employment Insurance (EI) In CWA, this is the amount deducted for Employment Insurance premiums (EI). Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 18 Employee’s EI premiums. On your RL-1, this is Box C Cotisation à l’assurance emploi.
PPIP In CWA, this is the amount deducted for the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) if applicable. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 55 Employee’s PPIP premiums. On your RL-1, this is Box H Cotisation au RQAP.
Charitable Donations In CWA, this is the amount deducted for the Employees’ Charitable Campaign (ECC/United Way) if applicable. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 46 Charitable donations. On your RL-1, this is Box N Dons de bienfaisance.
Association Dues In CWA, this is the amount deducted for association or union dues. Use the year to date amount to compare to your tax slip. On your T4, this is Box 44 Union dues. On your RL-1, this is Box F Cotisation syndicale.

Access and interpret mass retroactive pay statements

Retroactive pay is a payment made in the current pay period for any increase in wages or salary earned during a past period.

Report errors in your pay

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