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Bilingual Senior Assistant, Payroll and Pension (Ottawa)

Job Requisition ID: 8986  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): CBC 

Position Status:  

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON)

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 51,261 to $ 64,077 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We empower our employees to be fully autonomous and accountable in achieving their results. Employees focus on how they achieve results rather than when and where they choose to work.


Here are some of the reasons why we were chosen as one of Canada's top employers:


  • Enjoy up to 3 weeks of accrued vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • Access to a catalogue of courses for individual learning;
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with multiple Employee Resource Groups and much more!


Help make a difference for Canadians. CMHC’s aspiration is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. All of our programs and activities support this singular goal.
Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eradicate racism and advance equity within CMHC and the housing system.


Join the People & Culture sector where we have the focus, the people and the voice to achieve our aspiration, which is to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. In this role, you will provide expertise, advice, and support to third party vendors and stakeholders on various payroll, benefit and pension, procedures and systems. With your analytical thinking, client focus and attention to detail, you will help ensure all salary payments, benefits and compensation-related initiatives are accurately administered in compliance with federal and provincial legislation and HR Management Guidelines and Procedures. You will also participate in process enhancements and system initiatives contributing to continuous improvement in payroll activities and other Total Rewards programs. 



This is a full-time, temporary position of a duration of 12 months, with the possibility of extension.




  • Support external providers who are administering outsourced Payroll, Pension, and Benefit operational services.            
  • Analyze and review transactions to ensure the integrity of the data and compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Ensure sensitive and personal information is kept confidential while adhering to the Access to Information and Privacy Policy and legislation.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of analysis tools and solutions related to payroll activities and participate in testing and functional business requirement development and documentation. 
  • Provide advice and guidance, as required and respond to verbal and written inquiries related to third party providers.     

Minimum Qualifications: 


  • A College Diploma in Payroll Administration, Pension Administration, Business Administration or Human Resources An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • One year of complex payroll experience supporting a large organization across multiple jurisdictions. Preference will be given to those that have three years of experience or more.
  • Information gathering and analytical/evaluation skills.    
  • Knowledge of documentation for audit and corporate records requirements, and knowledge of employment law and regulations, legislative issues and   industry trends relating to human resources, pay and pension.    
  • Advanced computer skills using Microsoft office, in particular Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate problems and react quickly, to apply business systems solutions to operational activities.                
  • Attention to data integrity including data validation, quality assurance and confidentiality of information.
  • Bilingualism (French and English).


Preferred Qualifications:


  • A Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification or a Pension Plan Administration certificate.



Posting closing date: Note, the competition will remain active until filled.





On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  


As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our aspiration.
We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.
We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.