Payroll deductions and contributions
On December 15, 2016, the Government of Canada enacted legislation that will enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). For more information, go to Canada Pension Plan enhancement.
After you have determined that you are an employer, a trustee or a payer and have opened a payroll program account, you have to calculate the CPP contributions, EI premiums, and income tax deductions based on the amounts you pay your employees. You also have to calculate your share. You should hold these amounts in trust for the Receiver General in a separate account from your operating business account.
To find out if a payment requires CPP, EI, and income tax withholding, see the Calculating deductions alphabetical index.
Services and information
- What is deducted from your pay?
- Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC), payroll tables, TD1s, and more
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
- Employment Insurance (EI)
- Income tax
- Pensionable and insurable earnings review (PIER)
- Methods of calculating deductions – CPP, EI, and income tax
- Special payments chart
- Calculating deductions alphabetical index
- Situations affecting deductions and contributions
- Deduction errors
- Failure to deduct
- Tax deduction estimator (TD1)
Forms and publications
- Guide T4001, Employers' Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances
- Guide T4130, Employers' Guide – Taxable Benefits and Allowances
- Guide T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables
- Guide T4008, Payroll Deductions Supplementary Tables
- Guide T4127, Payroll Deductions Formulas for Computer Programs
- Form TD1, Personal Tax Credits Return
- Form TD1X, Statement of Commission Income and Expenses for Payroll Tax Deductions
- Form TD3F, Fisher's Election to Have Tax Deductions at Source
- Other publications for Canada Pension Plan and employment insurance (CPP/EI)
- Video: Calculating CPP contributions, EI premiums, and income tax deductions | 5:54 min.
- Video: Using the Payroll deductions online calculator | 5:28 min.
- Video: Deducting Canada Pension Plan contributions and employment insurance premiums | 9:18 min
- Webinar: Special payments and the end of an employee’s employment | 24:44 min.
- Webinar: A deeper look at the Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance | 42:42 min.
- Webinar: Payroll basics – The bonus method | 36:21 min.
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