CPP Enhancement – Need to Know for Employers

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CPP Enhancements for 2024: A Closer Look for Canadian Employers


The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is undergoing significant enhancements aimed at providing Canadians with greater financial security in retirement. These changes, set to take effect in 2024, will have a notable impact on both employees and employers. This article delves into the specifics of these enhancements, focusing on the numerical changes, increased contribution limits, and what these adjustments mean for Canadian employers in terms of additional costs.

Understanding the 2024 CPP Enhancements

The CPP enhancement plan, rolling out in phases since 2019, aims to increase the retirement, survivor, and disability pensions a person can receive. By 2024, a crucial phase in this multi-year plan will introduce new contribution rates and a higher earnings ceiling.

Key Changes and Their Implications

Increased Contribution Rates

Starting in 2024, the combined contribution rate for employees and employers will rise to 11.9% (up from 11.4% in 2023) for earnings up to the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE). This rate is split equally between employees and employers, each bearing 5.95%.

Introduction of the Additional Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YAMPE)

A significant change is the introduction of the Year’s Additional Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YAMPE), which is set above the traditional YMPE. For 2024, the YMPE is $68,500, with the YAMPE at $73,200. This means earnings between these two thresholds will be subject to additional CPP contributions.  Before 2024, no contributions were payable on amounts above the YMPE.

The Financial Impact on Employers and Self-Employed Individuals

The enhancements to the CPP translate directly into higher payroll costs for employers. The increase in contribution rates and the introduction of the YAMPE will require employers to contribute more towards their employees’ CPP.  An individual earning amounts at or above the YAMPE (2024 – $73,200) will now have total CPP contributions of $8,111 for the year.  That is an increase of $602.10 per year per person when compared to 2023.  If the individual is an employee, the total contributions are shared equally by the employer and the employee.  Self-employed individuals get to pay the total themselves.

Adjusting to the New Contribution Landscape

Employers must adjust their payroll systems to accommodate these changes. This adjustment not only includes updating software and contribution formulas but also budgeting for the increased expenditure on employee benefits.

Strategic Considerations for Employers

To manage these increased costs effectively, employers should:

  • Communicate Clearly with Employees: Educating your workforce about the reasons for increased deductions and the long-term benefits can help manage expectations and maintain morale.  Remember the employee’s paycheque has been reduced, and they may not have been aware of this change.
  • Review Financial Plans: Assess the impact of these additional costs on your business’s financial health and make necessary adjustments to your budgeting and financial planning.
  • Seek Tax Planning Advice: Consider consulting with your advisors at ATMOS Financial Services to understand any potential tax implications or advantages arising from the increased contributions.


The CPP enhancements set for 2024 is intended to enhance financial security for Canadians in retirement. While these changes bring additional costs for employers, they also contribute to a stronger social safety net. By preparing for these changes through strategic planning and clear communication, employers can navigate the transition smoothly and ensure compliance with the new requirements.

Call to Action

Employers are encouraged to begin preparations now to ensure a smooth transition to the new CPP contribution rates and limits. Consulting with your financial and payroll advisors at ATMOS Financial Services can provide valuable insights into adapting to these changes effectively.