The maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2012 will be $50,100—up from $48,300 in 2011. The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada.
Contributors who earn more than $50,100 in 2012 are not required or permitted to make additional contributions to the CPP.
The basic exemption amount for 2012 remains $3,500. Individuals who earn less than that amount do not need to contribute to the CPP.
The employee and employer contribution rates for 2012 will remain unchanged at 4.95%, and the self-employed contribution rate will remain unchanged at 9.9%.
The maximum employer and employee contribution to the plan for 2012 will be $2,306.70, and the maximum self-employed contribution will be $4,613.40. The maximums in 2011 were $2,217.60 and $4,435.20.