Legislative roundup: Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada

CRA posts payroll deductions formulas for computer programs • New payroll deductions calculator available online • Minimum wage going up • Minimum wage going up in Saskatchewan • QPIP 2012 premium rates • Minimum wage going up
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2011


CRA posts payroll deductions formulas for computer programs

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has posted T4127, Payroll Deductions Formulas for Computer Programs, on its website. This publication contains recently announced tax changes effective July 1, 2011. There are no changes to the federal tax rates, income thresholds or personal amounts required for July 1, but there are some provincial changes. The publication contains updated tax rates for Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

New payroll deductions calculator available online

The new payroll deductions online calculator is now available on the Canada Revenue Agency's website. The new deductions are effective July 1. There are no changes to the federal tax rates, income thresholds or personal amounts required for July 1, but some provincial and territorial changes have been announced. The new calculator can be found at:


Minimum wage going up

The earnings of 20,000 Albertans will rise Sept. 1, 2011, when the province increases its minimum wage and introduces a new wage for liquor servers. The general minimum wage will rise from $8.80 per hour to $9.40 per hour. The new minimum wage rates represent a 6.8-per-cent increase for general workers and a 2.8-per-cent increase for liquor servers, the first changes to minimum wage in Alberta since April 2009. A new minimum wage of $9.05 per hour will also be introduced for workers who serve alcohol as part of their regular job, recognizing these employees also earn tips. The minimum wage for liquor servers will remain at $9.05 per hour until the general minimum wage reaches $10.05 per hour. From that point on, both wage rates will increase and the $1 differential will be maintained. Also Sept. 1, Alberta will use a new formula to make decisions about future increases the minimum wage. The new formula will be a simple average of changes to Alberta’s annual average weekly earnings and changes to the consumer price index.