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Normandin Beaudry

The 2006 social security programs parameters

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NB Bulletin Vol. 8 N. 17, December 2005

As in previous years, we are pleased to inform you about the parameters that will be used by the major social security programs in 2006.

The Quebec Pension Plan and the Canada Pension Plan

The Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) for year 2006 will be $42,100, an increase of 2.4% over the 2005 YMPE ($41,100). The basic exemption remains at the current level of $3,500, which is the level applicable since January 1, 1998. Employee and employer contribution rates will remain at 4.95% of contributory earnings in 2006. The annual maximum contribution is $1,910.70. The maximum monthly retirement pension at age 65 is set at $844.58 for 2006, based on the YMPE average over the last five years.

Employment Insurance

On November 9, 2005, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission confirmed a reduction of $0.08 in the premium rate for employees effective January 1, 2006. This rate for the upcoming year will be reduced from $1.95 to $1.87 per $100 of insurable employee earnings. For employers, the premium rate will be reduced from $2.73 to $2.62, which is 1.4 times the employee rate outlined above. The maximum insurable earnings remain at the current level of $39,000, which is the level applicable since January 1, 1996.

Moreover, further to the creation of the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) effective January 1, 2006, the Employment Insurance premium rates for employees and employers in Quebec will be reduced to $1.53 and $2.14 per $100 of insurable employee earnings, respectively.

Employer contributions can be further reduced for employers offering a salary continuation program (SCP) registered with the Employment Insurance Commission. There are four types of SCPs each offering a unique Employment Insurance premium rate reduction.

Type 1: SCP based on the accumulation of paid sick days of at least one day per month and a maximum of at least 75 days.
Type 2: SCP based on the accumulation of paid sick days of at least one day and 2/3 per month and a maximum of at least 125 days.
Type 3: SCP providing a weekly indemnity1 for at least 15 weeks.
Type 4: SCP providing a weekly indemnity1 for at least 52 weeks (this reduction is only available to employers of public and para-public sectors).

1 The SCP weekly indemnity must be at least equal to the benefits provided by the Employment Insurance.

Employer premium rates as of January 1, 20061

 Regular ratesReduced rates2
 

Type      Applicable
rates
Employee
premium factor
       
 CanadaQuebecReductionCanadaQuebec3Canada4Quebec3, 5

1 $2.62 $2.14 $0.25 $2.37 $1.89 1.266 1.237
2 $2.62 $2.14 $0.36 $2.26 $1.78 1.207 1.165
3 $2.62 $2.14 $0.34 $2.28 $1.80 1.218 1.178
4 $2.62 $2.14 $0.38 $2.24 $1.76 1.197 1.152

 1 Per $100 of insurable employee earnings.
2 The reduced premium rates are applicable for one complete year. In the event a plan is registered during the year, an adjustment is applied to the premium rate in proportion with the time of registration.
3 For employers in Quebec for which all employees work in Quebec.
4 Premium factor to be applied to the employee premium rate of $1.87 per $100 of insurable employee earnings.
5 Premium factor to be applied to the employee premium rate of $1.53 per $100 of insurable employee earnings.

Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP)

The QPIP contribution rates for year 2006 per $100 of insurable income will be equal to $0.416 for employees, $0.583 for employers and $0.737 for self-employed workers. The maximum insurable income is equal to $57,000 for the year 2006.

For more information about the QPIP, please refer to our December 2005 bulletin (vol. 8, no. 15).

Régime d’assurance maladie du Québec

The current contribution rate will remain unchanged for the year 2006. This rate is set at 4.26% of total payroll for certain public-sector employers and for companies with a total payroll of more than $5 million. For companies with a total payroll of less than $1 million, the rate is set at 2.70% of total payroll. For companies which have a total payroll of more than $1 million but less than $5 million, the rate is a function of total payroll and ranges from 2.70% to 4.26% of total payroll according to the following formula:

2.31% plus (0.39% of total payroll divided by $1 million).

Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail

The contribution rate to the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail is a function of the type of industry and, if applicable, of the claims experience. The maximum earnings for the income replacement benefit will increase from $56,000 to $57,000 for the year 2006.

Commission des normes du travail

The current contribution rate will remain unchanged for the year 2006, and is set at 0.08% of earnings subject to contribution. The earnings subject to contribution will increase from $56,000 to $57,000 for 2006.

 

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

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