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Ontario EHT Exemption Threshold Now $450,000 

Canadian Tax Adviser


January 14, 2014


Ontario's Employer Health Tax Act has been amended to, among other changes, increase the exemption threshold so that it applies to employers with an annual payroll in excess of $450,000, as of January 1, 2014. Bill 105, which includes the increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold to $450,000 (from $400,000), received third reading and Royal Assent on December 12, 2013. As a result, this measure is substantively enacted for purposes of IFRS and ASPE (Ontario has a minority government) and enacted for U.S. GAAP as of that date.

The increase to the EHT exemption threshold to $450,000 (from $400,000) effective January 1, 2014, was originally announced in Ontario's 2013 budget. The exemption is adjusted for inflation every five years. The budget had announced that at projected rates, the exemption was expected to rise to $500,000 in 2019. However, the legislation in Bill 105 states that the $450,000 exemption is for 2014-2018, and that the exemption will be adjusted for inflation every five years starting in 2019.


The budget also announced that the province would eliminate the exemption for private sector employers (including groups of associated employers) with annual Ontario payrolls over $5 million, effective January 1, 2014. Registered charities can still claim the exemption at all payroll sizes.


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