E-T4s will be standard delivery method

Several payroll-related measures proposed in 2017 federal budget
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017
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Beginning next year, the federal government says it will allow employers to issue T4s to employees electronically without first having to obtain their written consent.

The government made the announcement in its 2017 budget, which Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled March 22. The proposal would apply to current, active employees and would require that employers “have sufficient privacy safeguards in place” before issuing electronic T4s.

Currently, employers may only give employees their T4s in an electronic format if the employees first consent to it in writing. Otherwise, employers must provide employees with two paper copies by the end of February each year by delivering them in person or mailing them to the employee’s last known address.