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2020 Payroll Deduction Table for Nova Scotia

The New Year will start soon, which means making updates to payroll deductions. To help you out, we’ve prepared a summary chart including all the 2020 rates for CPP, EI, taxes etc.



Employment Insurance

Maximum insurable earnings: $54,200
Maximum employee premium: $856.36
Maximum employer premium: $1,198.90

Employee: 1.58
Employer: 1.58 x 1.4 = 2.21%

Some employees related to the  employer may be exempt from paying Employment insurance – please read our article to learn more.


Maximum pensionable earnings: $58,700
Basic exemption: $3,500
Maximum employee premium: $2,898.00
Maximum employer premium: $2,898.00

Self-employed maximum premium: $5,796.00

Employer and employee contribution rate: 5.25%

Self-employed: 10.5%

Federal  & Provincial income tax

Basic deduction:


  • $150,473 or less: $13,229
  • More than $214,368: $12,298
  • Between $150,473 and $214,368, either:
    • get Form TD1-WS and calculate a partial claim; or
    • Enter $12,298

Provincial: $8,481 (May be higher depending on your annual income)

Workers’ Compensation

Maximum insurable: $62,000 per person

Based on classification

Need help navigating through a WCB Claim?  The Employer Advisor is there to help.

Minimum wage

*Estimates for April 1 increase

$12.10 / hour (Experienced Rate)

$11.60 / hour (Inexperienced Rate)