What are the changes to the CPP contribution rules?

Previous rules

Before January 1, 2012, as an employer, you had to stop deducting CPP contributions from an employee's pensionable earnings when the employee:

  • was 60 to 70 years of age; and
  • gave you proof that he or she was receiving a CPP or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) retirement pension (for example, an award letter issued by Employment and Social Development Canada).

New rules

Since January 1, 2012, you may have to deduct CPP contributions from the pensionable earnings you pay an employee who is 60 to 70 years of age, even if the employee is receiving a CPP or QPP retirement pension.

Under the new rules, an employee who works and receives a CPP or QPP retirement pension has to contribute to the CPP if he or she is:

  • 60 to 65 years of age;
  • 65 to 70 years of age, unless the employee has filed an election with you or another employer to stop paying CPP contributions (the election will take effect on the first day of the month following the month the employee provides you with a completed and signed election form);
  • 65 to 70 years of age, if the employee revoked his or her election to stop paying CPP contributions.

For more information, go to Your employee gives you a completed Form CPT30.

Note

These changes do not affect the salary of an employee working in Quebec or an employee who is considered to be disabled under the CPP or QPP, nor do they affect the salary and wages of a person who has reached 70 years of age. Do not deduct CPP contributions from the salary and wages that you pay these employees.

Deduct CPP contributions for all employees who are 60 to 70 years of age unless your employee is 65 to 70 years of age and gives you a completed Form CPT30, Election to Stop Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan, or Revocation of a Prior Election.

Note

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can assess you if you do not deduct CPP contributions or do not remit the CPP contributions to the CRA as required. The assessment may also include penalty and interest charges. For more information, go to Penalties, interest, and other consequences.

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