Sage 50c Accounting - Canada

15 Reviews 1.5/5

An accounting software system for startups and small organizations based in Canada. Formerly Simply Accounting.

About Sage 50c Accounting - Canada

Sage 50 Accounting (formerly Simply Accounting) is simple and easy-to-use accounting software that provides you with the tools you need to manage your business and streamline your operations. It allows you to track your finances, and understand your expenses and cash flow so that you can better run and grow your business.

Sage 50 First Step Accounting (Formerly Simply Accounting)

Easily organize your small or home-based business while saving time and money with Sage 50 First Step Accounting. Take control of your cash flow and easily keep track of sales transactions, customers and suppliers the proper way–without the need for any accounting know-how.

  • Pay bills and get paid
  • Calculate GST/HST and PST/QST

Sage 50 Pro Accounting (Formerly Simply Accounting)

Manage your growing business with professional, easy-to-use accounting and management software from Sage 50 Pro Accounting. Efficiently manage all of your financial transactions, cash flow, budgeting and inventory in two currencies for flexibility.

  • Track sales, expenses, and taxes
  • Control cash flow and costs
  • Manage projects

Sage 50 Premium Accounting (Formerly Simply Accounting)

Analyze your business with advanced accounting, forecasting and budgeting functionality from Sage 50 Premium Accounting. Make informed decisions with data consolidated from across your business–even multiple subsidiaries and companies–and better manage your time with a 2-user license and easy tracking of projects and inventory.

  • Manage inventory
  • Utilize true departmental accounting
  • Prepare in-depth forecasts and budgets
  • Consolidate financials

Sage 50 Quantum Accounting (Formerly Sage Simply Accounting Enterprise)

Boost business productivity and workplace efficiency for up to 40 users with high-performance accounting, inventory and project management, in-house payroll and customer support from Sage 50 Quantum Accounting. Feel confident about secure access to data with role-based security settings and save time and cut waste with advanced control of inventory and projects management and costing.

  • Simultaneous Access for up to 40 Users
  • Role-Based Security Settings
  • Serialized Inventory
  • Extraordinary Business Intelligence

Accounts Payable

Vendor Reports

  • Vendor List
  • Aged Reports
  • Detailed Purchases Report
  • Purchase Orders
  • Vendor Labels
  • Purchase Transactions
  • Payment Transactions

Accounts Receivable

Customer Reports

  • Customer List
  • Customer Statements
  • Aged Reports
  • Detailed Sales Report
  • Customer Labels
  • Sales Transactions
  • Receipt Transactions

General Ledger

General Ledger Reports

  • Balance Sheet, including comparative Balance Sheets
  • Income Statement, including comparative Income Statements
  • Trial Balance
  • Cash Flow Projection
  • Chart of Accounts
  • General Ledger Transactions
  • Statement of Change in Financial Position


Inventory Reports

  • Inventory List
  • Detailed Activity, Sales and Transaction Reports
  • Item Assembly Transactions
  • Item Adjustment Transactions


Payroll Reports

  • Employee List
  • Payroll Summary
  • Detailed Payroll Report
  • Payroll Transactions

Product Overview

Market Focus

Ratio of reviewers by organization size.

Industry Focus

Ratio of reviewers by sector.

Professional Services
Real Estate
Other Industries:
  • Health Care (8%)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources (8%)
  • Consulting (7%)

User Reviews of Sage 50c Accounting - Canada

Submitted on July 15th, 2019 by Melody

Sage 50 has gotten too big for their britches!! They have raised the prices over 75% in 5 years and it’s not worth it. Support is not there! Half the time the tech has no idea what they are talking about! Despite what the Sales desk threatens you with - and they do - not everyone needs the payroll or the help desk. Many users only need the program and can get away with using a older version for many years.!!

The Good…

This program - which I’ve been using since it was DOS based - has always been a great program. Regardless if you are a one man show or have a staff of 300 - it gets the job done… BUT it’s not worth $900++.
As a user for over 35 years, I no longer recommend this product do the extreme high cost. Instead I show people how to use their current version to get everything they need.
THINK before you buy!

The Bad…

1st - THE PRICE!! 2nd - the THREATS that the sales/customer support give to you as a loyal customer! 3rd - that you as the customer is not always right. Sage 50 staff are trained to believe that they are always right and cannot /will not change their minds otherwise

Submitted on March 26th, 2019 by Michelle

I agree with other posters…customer service is the worst. You don’t get $900 worth of service or product, which is what the yearly subscription costs. After realizing they automatically charge your account, I immediately tried to get a refund (because I sold my business) and they gave me the run around 3 times, telling me I had to talk to “Rob”. I’m pretty sure Rob doesn’t exist because 3 messages and another phone call later, I got the runaround again with no callback from Rob. They have no interest in keeping customers happy. Do yourself a favour and pay a real person to do it.

The Good…

NOT the customer service

The Bad…

terrible customer service

Submitted on February 6th, 2019 by cindy

Sage accounting is ok too use but if you don’t get the help include with the product your screwed for help, and if your subscription runs out and you try to do any changes to the year you PAYED for forget it!! soo much for paying 900$ when your subscription is over its over !! and the help desk is not friendly! or willing to even talk to you if you don’t have a new subscription

The Good…

Nothing at all anymore… was a ok program just got to be to expensive for a small business

The Bad…

help desk

Submitted on January 13th, 2019 by an anonymous Sage 50c Accounting - Canada user.

Sage 50 continues to raise their prices on their software without adding and additional features or benefits. They moved from a purchased model to a subscription model which I was fine with, but they increased their price from $300 a year to $498 a year with no benefit to me and I’m sick of it

Submitted on January 8th, 2019 by Dan

The program is difficult to navigate if your not accountant trained. This passed year I entered a category incorrectly and Sage would not allow me to do my year end. When I called them they told me that my version was too old ( it was working perfectly other than not allowing me to close out the year) and that I would have to download the 2019 version for $499.00 and I would get 1 free year of service so they could help me. If that doesn’t meet the standard for extortion I am not sure what does. I ended up calling my accountant, who visited my home and fixed the error for $75.00. It will be a cold day in Satans living room before I ever buy , support or recommend this product to anyone.

The Good…

It is easier than keeping manual books.

The Bad…

Their service is the worst on the planet.

Submitted on September 11th, 2018 by Kathryn

The software works fine until there is a problem. In the last six months the phone support line is never able take a call. Voice message asks for name and extension number which I leave. When they call back they do not use the extension number but leave a voicemail on the front desk phone leaving the regular support number to call back. When calling back this number I get he same message. No agents available leave a name and number and they will call me back. I am now 18th on line on a chat support.

The Good…

Its simple and intuitive to use.

The Bad…

Support. Trying to reach someone.

Submitted on August 30th, 2018 by Louise R

It has taken me over 3 weeks to be able to download and utilize Sage. I had problems installing and had called support, was told what to do, didn’t work, one of my co-workers figured it out and we finally got it installed 2 weeks later. Next I have a date issue, it will not allow me to enter any entries as it tells me it has to be before and after same date which is a future date. I call the number of person that was so wonderful at trying to sell me the product, however now that they have my purchase, they put me through to support. Support basically is a taped greeting telling me to go to a web page for help. I go there, and get someone to chat with. That person reconnects me with someone else, and someone else, and then I get hung up on. There were at least 6 people that I “chatted” with online. Eventually one gave a link to click on, which gave me some instructions to read and another link to click. I asked if there were no one that could walk me through this as I am beyond frustrated at this point. She gave me a phone number to call. That number again gave me a voice mail to go to a web page. This is a very expensive product to not have someone that can assist you. That is totally ridiculous. I was warned that Sage is wonderful at sales however once they’ve got you hooked, they are terrible for service. They were right

The Good…

right now, not much, hopefully that will change.

The Bad…

customer service support - there is absolutely none available and total run-a-round, If someone would have helped me, it would have saved me about 40 hours that I spent trying to figure things out. That is a lot of time wasted.

Submitted on June 28th, 2018 by Bud

Run forget you ever heard the name Sage.Thats it don’t ask why just run, kind of like if I yelled Fire or Bear don’t ask just run.

The Good…

Absolutely nothing.

The Bad…

Everything over priced very poor usability.

Submitted on April 23rd, 2018 by an anonymous Sage 50c Accounting - Canada user.

Have to export everything into Excel to do department based reporting, it doesn’t handle deferred income well for managing SaaS based revenue.

Submitted on March 6th, 2018 by Lieda

Sage Payroll for Ontario lacks

The Good…

It’s manageable but has limitations;

The Bad…

The payroll module lacks ability to calculate statutory holiday pay in Ontario.

Submitted on February 22nd, 2018 by an anonymous Sage 50c Accounting - Canada user.

not really good for a project based comparison and analysis, fairly easy to input data

Submitted on February 1st, 2018 by Jack from Advanced Global Satellite Communications Corp.

Software is good. My book keeper says there is no support when there are problems. Frequently on hold for 30 minutes or more. within the last 2 years there has been at least 2 occasions when we have been overbilled or billed for product we never asked for.

The Good…

The software works well most of the time.

The Bad…

The company over bills and support is horrible. I don’t need to pay book keepers to be on hold for hours.

Submitted on January 22nd, 2018 by Judy

I’ve used the software for 17 years. I recently closed my business due to illness & when I tried to find a more affordable option (given I’m no longer in business but have a couple of months of tax stuff, etc. that I need to take care of) I was offered an option of $730.00/year only!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!! When I asked why there is not a cheaper service available to me as a long time good customer, I was told “you signed up for Premium”. I said “but not for life!!!”. So everyone - beware, if you sign up with these people they will keep you for life or turn your program off so that you can “read only”, can’t even switch back to Pro for cheaper as you would have to re-enter everything. This is disgusting!!! I will be going on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter - every social media available to me to show how outrageous this is.

The Good…

at this point - NOHING - it was definitely not worth it!

The Bad…

as above

Submitted on January 8th, 2018 by Marlene from Crowe Excavating

No quality customer service. Not enough staff to answer phone calls or deal with online chat

The Good…

Software is easy to work with.

The Bad…

NO customer service available when you need it. Pay over 600.00 per year but no one there to answer for phone support, and waiting in queue for online chat takes hours.

Submitted on October 12th, 2017 by an anonymous Sage 50c Accounting - Canada user.

Product is fine but employees are non existent

The Good…

Easy to use

The Bad…

Price gouging by sales team…unable to speak to anyone too top this