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Calculate your Personal Income Tax in Canada for 2017 & 2018

Have you ever wondered which Canadian province or territory has the lowest or highest tax on personal income?

This presentation compares Canada's various tax rates and puts each province/territory on the same scale, showing you how much Canadians pay taxes depending on where they live.

Understanding Canadian Personal Income Tax with 2 Simple Charts

Understanding Canadian Personal Income Tax with 2 Simple Charts

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Canada 2014 Fiscal Year; Comparing Personal Income Tax

Image: Canada 2014 Fiscal Year; Comparing Personal Income Tax

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Calculate your Personal Income Tax in Canada

Most people have a salary where taxes are deducted automatically on a bi-weekly basis and may not necessarily have to manage a budget, like independent workers, freelancers or entrepreneurs, to predict how much is owed to the government. It is still, however, important to have a realistic view of your annual finances and to understand how much is really available after income taxes. An income tax calculator might be handy, also, to anyone with a mobile career looking for a cheaper province to live in Canada. As you will see, the difference between some provinces can be surprising.

This calculator is based on the 2017 & 2018 fiscal year numbers (for taxes in spring 2018 or 2019) and uses the official Canadian income tax rates from the Canada Revenue Agency web site for its calculations, along with the Revenu Québec web site for the province of Québec. We plan on updating this calculator every year with the new yearly rates (2019, 2020, etc).

As with many types of taxes, the personal income tax in Canada is progressive, which means higher income is taxed at a higher percentage, up to a maximum. These different levels of tax brackets make it a little more complicated to compare provinces, because it all depends on the salary of a person. For example, even though Alberta exceptionally uses a flat rate, which makes it an attractive place for richer people, the majority with an average salary would find British Columbia or Ontario actually more affordable (not including the different cost of living in the equation).

Our calculator includes federal tax abatement for the province of Quebec, surtaxes when applicable on provinces such as Ontario, Yukon and Prince Edward Island, and basic personal income tax credit.

Don't forget to subtract tax deductible amounts from your annual income, such as your RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) contribution. Find out how much you save in taxes with your RRSP contributions.

Please change the suggested values with your own amounts in the blue text boxes.

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Canadian Federal & Provincial Personal Income Tax Chart


Canadian Provinces Tax Comparison Chart

This chart shows how much tax is paid for the current income in each province, including the federal tax (adjusted with federal tax abatement in Quebec) and basic personal income tax credit.


Taxes by Income Bracket Chart

Abbreviation Postal code ISO English name French name
Alta. AB Alberta Alberta
B.C. BC British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Man. MB Manitoba Manitoba
N.B. NB New Brunswick Nouveau-Brunswick
N.L. NL Newfoundland and Labrador Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
N.S. NS Nova Scotia Nouvelle-Écosse
N.W.T. NT Northwest Territories Territoires du Nord-Ouest
NU NU Nunavut Nunavut
Ont. ON Ontario Ontario
P.E.I. PE Prince Edward Island Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Que. QC Quebec Québec
Sask. SK Saskatchewan Saskatchewan
Y.T. YT Yukon Yukon
Numbers in our calculators are rounded to two decimals.
The same calculations made in an Excel spreadsheet may differ slightly.

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