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When will I max out my CPP and EI contributions?

Have you ever noticed that midway through the year, deductions for EI (Employment Insurance) and CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) suddenly stop being taken from your paycheck, allowing you to enjoy a higher net income? This shift can occur at different times for different individuals, sometimes early in the year, later, or not at all, depending on earnings. This happens because once you hit the annual maximum contribution limits for these programs, no further deductions are made, leading to a noticeable increase in your paycheck. In Canada, the government sets annual limits for contributions to the CPP and EI. After reaching these limits, deductions cease, effectively increasing your net pay for the remainder of the year.

Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)

The CPP is a cornerstone of Canada's retirement income system, requiring contributions from almost all workers over the age of 18 in Canada outside of Quebec, who earn more than $3,500 annually. The plan is designed to replace a portion of your income upon retirement, disability, or death, with benefits depending on how much and for how long you contribute. In 2024, the maximum CPP contribution is $3,867.50, applying to those earning over $68,500. However, the CPP has been undergoing enhancements aimed at increasing retirement benefits. With these enhancements, a second tier of contributions was introduced for earnings between $68,500 and $73,200, requiring an additional 4% contribution on this income bracket. This change is part of a gradual improvement plan to increase future retirees' income replacement rate.

Employment Insurance (EI)

EI plays a crucial role in Canada's social safety net, providing temporary financial assistance to individuals who lose their jobs without fault of their own and are actively seeking employment or upgrading their skills. The program also offers special benefits such as sickness, maternity, and parental leave, among others. For 2024, the maximum insurable earnings cap for EI is set at $63,200.

Indexation and Adjustments

Both CPP and EI contribution limits and benefits are subject to annual adjustments to reflect changes in the average wage across Canada. This ensures that the programs keep pace with economic conditions, maintaining their relevance and effectiveness in providing financial security.

Additional Benefits and Considerations

Understanding these systems is crucial for financial planning and security. By knowing how much you're contributing and the benefits you're entitled to, you can better prepare for retirement, unexpected employment interruptions, and other life events.

Use the calculator below to estimate the date that you will max out your CPP and EI payments in 2024.


If you get paid a regular amount every so often and know how much you will make this year use the first field otherwise use Year To Date if you want to see how bonuses or other irregular payments affect the timing

Please enter EITHER your yearly salary OR your earnings to date