Canadian employers - When do I remit? Payroll remittance due dates

This article applies to Payroll by Wave in Canada.

Paying payroll taxes to the government, known as payroll remittances, can get confusing. Not to worry, though, we're here to help!

When you registered your business with the CRA (see more on Getting your CRA Business Number) they sent you more information about when to remit (your remittance frequency and type.)

When are my remittances due?

Your remittances are due based on the type of remitter your business is, and your cheque date: 

New or Regular (Monthly in Wave): This is the most common remitter for Wave users.

If you are a new employer, or your average monthly withholding amount (AMWA) two years ago was less than $15,000, you are a regular remitter. In Wave, select Monthly as your remittance frequency.  

The CRA needs to receive your remittance before the 15th day of the month after the month you made deductions.  

For example, if you paid your employees (the cheque date) on January 2nd, you would need to ensure the CRA receives your remittances February 15th or earlier. 

See more on being a New Remitter.

Threshold 1 (Accelerated remitter):

You are Threshold 1 if your business's total average monthly withholding amount (AMWA) two years ago was in the range of $15,000 to $49,999.99. 

  • If your cheque date is before 16th, your remittance is due by the 25th day of the same month. For example, if your employees are paid January 5th, your remittance is due the January 25th. 
  • If your cheque date is on the 16th or after, your remittance is due by the 10th day of the next month. For example, if your employees are paid January 17th, your remittance is due February 10th. 

See more on being a Threshold 1 Accelerated remitter.  

Threshold 2 (also known as an Accelerated remitter):

You are Threshold 2 if your business's average monthly withholding amount (AMWA) two years ago was $50,000 or more. 

If you are Threshold 2, please use the Help button when logged into your Wave account to request a phone call with our payroll experts. 

If Wave handles my remittances for me, when are the amounts withdrawn from my account?

Wave withdraws the amount needed for your remittance when your payroll run has been processed (usually one day before the payroll has been processed). We hold this money and remit it to the government on the timeline based on your business remitter type.  

The remittance withdrawal follows the same funding window as direct deposit. Let's use the same example from the walk through on Paying your employees on time: 
 
Let's say your direct deposit is already fully set up and, and your employees' payday is November 1st. In order for your employee to get paid on time, you need to run your payroll on October 28th before 5:30pm Eastern.  Notice that that's 4 days in advance and before the cut-off time. 

Here is a breakdown of what happens: 

  1. Monday – the request to withdraw money from the employer's account is sent to the employer's bank. 
  2. Tuesday – the money is withdrawn from the employer's bank account. This includes the remittance amount.
  3. Wednesday – waiting for confirmation that the employer actually had the money and it's been taken out. 
  4. Thursday – money is transmitted to the employees' bank accounts. 
  5. Friday – employees receive the money in their accounts. Payday!

See more about how to get Wave to remit taxes to the CRA on your behalf.

Can I handle my own remittances? Does that change my remittance dates? 

You certainly can handle remittances yourself but nothis does NOT change when your remittances are due. You will still need to know what type of remitter you are and when your remittances are due.

The Taxes tab under the main Payroll menu will provide the information you need to fill out your CRA Remittances Voucher.