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Canada Pension Plan

Version of section 17 from 2012-01-01 to 2022-11-16:


Marginal note:Amount of maximum pensionable earnings

 The amount of the maximum pensionable earnings of a person for a year is the amount of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings except that,

  • (a) for a year in which the person reaches eighteen or seventy years of age or die, in which their contributory period ends under this Act or under a provincial pension plan by reason of disability or in which a disability pension ceases to be payable to them under this Act or under a provincial pension plan, the amount of the maximum pensionable earnings is equal to that proportion of the amount of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings that the number of months in the year

    • (i) after

      • (A) they reach eighteen years of age, or

      • (B) the disability pension ceases to be payable, or

    • (ii) before

      • (A) they reach seventy years of age,

      • (B) they die, or

      • (C) the month following the month in which their contributory period ends under this Act or under a provincial pension plan by reason of disability,

    including, if they die, the month in which they die, is of 12;

  • (b) despite paragraph (a), for a year in which an election referred to in subparagraph 12(1)(c)(ii) is made or one referred to in paragraph 13(1)(b) is deemed to be made, the maximum pensionable earnings is equal to that proportion of the amount of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings that the number of months in the year before the election is made or deemed to be made, as the case may be — minus the number of months that are excluded from the contributory period under this Act or under a provincial pension plan by reason of disability — is of 12; and

  • (c) despite paragraph (a), for a year in which an election referred to in subparagraph 12(1)(c)(ii) is revoked or one referred to in paragraph 13(1)(c) is deemed to be revoked, the maximum pensionable earnings is equal to that proportion of the amount of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings that the number of months in the year after the election is revoked or deemed to be revoked, as the case may be — minus the number of months after they reach seventy years of age or die, whichever is earlier — is of 12.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-8, s. 17
  • R.S., 1985, c. 30 (2nd Supp.), s. 9
  • 2009, c. 31, s. 28
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