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First Reference provides comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use compliance resources for Canadian businesses. With our products, employers, managers, executives, business-owners and others can:

  • Find quick solutions to all their business needs including human resources
  • Access 1000s of sample policies, procedures, forms, checklists and more
  • Build sound internal control and systems for HR, finance & accounting,
    not-for-profit, information & technology, operations & marketing

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Expert HR and payroll advice without the cost of a consultant

The NEW Human Resources Advisor

Quickly answer your HR and payroll questions with the new online Human Resources Advisor. Complying with employment laws is easier than ever when you have the expert-written, legally reviewed HRA at your side.


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This comprehensive easy to understand guide includes a thorough review of Ontario's statutory holiday compliance requirements and recommended best practices for payroll administration, including a sample policy.


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HRtrack® streamlines your key employee administration tasks so that you can set yourself free from filing cabinets, spreadsheets, paper records and costly HRIS solutions. Now is the time to ensure you have the most efficient employee record keeping tool there is.


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The Accessibility Standards PolicyPro is the only product of its kind offering all the resources you need to deal with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards. It provides practical advice, tools and resources to help you meet your compliance requirements on time and with confidence.


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PaySource® is now published by First Reference

We're excited to announce that First Reference has added PaySource, the comprehensive source for Canadian payroll compliance information, to our collection of employment and business compliance publications.

For nearly 20 years, PaySource has helped 1000s of businesses comply with their Canadian payroll obligations. Now, we're adding PaySource to the First Reference online platform and making it easier to use and more functional than ever. The new PaySource includes all the essential payroll compliance information that is the hallmark of the service, plus access to expert health and safety, human rights and HR compliance and best practice commentary.

Want to know more? Call us at 1-800-750-8175 or click here to send us an email. We'll have more information available online soon.

Darlene Belliveau of Alpha Court Community Mental Health & Addiction Services in Thunder Bay, Ontario says:
The Human Resources Advisor is "an excellent reference tool" in both its print and digital versions. Without a dedicated human resources person, she "loves having something onsite that she can use...to help her with day-to-day problems that may arise."


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