2021 Canadian Small Business Payroll Calendar

Wagepoint Canadian Small Business Payroll Calendar 

This is the 2021 Canadian Payroll Calendar. If you're looking for the US Calendar, click here

Keeping up with payroll dates, as well as federal and provincial holidays can be a challenge, which is why we put together the Wagepoint 2021 Payroll Calendar.

It gives you a year-long overview of key small business payroll deadlines — so you can focus on running your business without worrying about missing important dates.  

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2021 Payroll Calendar Dates [List Format]

📌 Get off to the right start — make sure that you’re aware of any minimum wage, overtime and other changes that may affect your payroll. 

January 

Jan. 1  — New Year’s Day — All banks closed

  • Note: For national holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Jan. 1 — Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) updated

Jan. 11 — Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Jan. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Remitter Payments Due

Jan. 25 — Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

February

Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day 

Feb. 10 — Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due

Feb. 15 — Family Day AB, BC, NB, ON, SK | Heritage Day NS | Islander Day PE | Louis Riel Day MB —    Some banks closed in provinces that honour this holiday.​

  • Note: As these are are not national or federal holidays, the regular remittance payments are due on February 15.  

Feb. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

Feb. 26 — Heritage Day YT — Some banks closed

March

Mar. 1 — T4 and T4A Information Returns Due

Mar. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Mar. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Tax Payments Due 

Mar. 17 — St. Patrick’s Day 

Mar. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

April

Apr. 2 — Good Friday (all except QC) — All banks closed

  • Note: For national holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Apr. 4 — Easter Sunday

Apr. 5 — Easter Monday QC — Some banks closed

Apr. 9 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Apr. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Remitter Payments Due 

Apr. 23 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

Apr. 30 — Filing Deadline:

  • Personal Income Tax
  • Sole Proprietors and Partnerships

May

May 9 — Mother's Day

May 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

May 14 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due

May 24 — Victoria Day AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NT, NU, ON, SK, YK | National Patriots' Day QC — All banks closed

  • Note: For holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

May 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

June

Jun. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Jun. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Tax Payments Due

Filing Deadline:

  • Self-Employed Income Taxes

Jun. 20 — Father's Day

Jun. 21 — National Indigenous Peoples Day NT, YT — Some banks closed

Jun. 24 — Fête nationale du Québec (St. Jean Baptiste Day) QC — Some banks closed

Jun. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.) 

July

Jul. 1 — Canada Day  — All banks closed

  • Note: For holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Jul. 1 — Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) updated

Jul. 9 — Nunavut Day NU — Some banks closed

Jul. 9 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Jul. 9 — Nunavut Day NU — Some banks closed

  • Note: As Nunavut Day is not a national or federal holiday, the Threshold 1 remitter payments are due on July 9.

Jul. 12 — Orangeman's Day NL — Some banks closed

Jul. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Remitter Payments Due

Jul. 23 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.) 

August

Aug. 2 — Civic/Provincial Holiday PE, NT, NU | Terry Fox Day MB | New Brunswick Day NB | British Columbia Day BC | Saskatchewan Day SK | Heritage Day AB | Natal Day NS — Some banks closed

Aug. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Aug. 13 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due

Aug. 16 — Discovery Day YT — Some banks closed

Aug. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

September

Sep. 6 — Labour Day —  All banks closed

  • Note: For national holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Sep. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Sep. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Tax Payments Due

Sep. 24 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

October

Oct. 8 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Oct. 11 — Thanksgiving Day — All banks closed

  • Note: For holidays and bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Oct. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Remitter Payments Due

Oct. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

Oct. 31 — Halloween  

November

Nov. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Nov. 11 — Remembrance Day (All except MB, NS, ON, QC) — All banks closed

  • Note: For holidays and bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Nov. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due

Nov. 25 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

December

Dec. 10 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or after the 16th day of the previous month.)

Dec. 15 — Payment Deadline:

  • Regular Remitter Payments Due
  • Quarterly Tax Payments Due

Dec. 24 — Payment Deadline:

  • Threshold 1 Remitter Payments Due (For payrolls processed on or before the 15th day of the month.)

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 — Christmas Day

Dec. 26 — Boxing Day

  • Note: Boxing Day is a federal holiday and is listed in the Canadian Labour Code as a holiday. However, it is not uniformly observed in all provinces and territories. It is not an official holiday in Québec, nor is it a statutory holiday in Alberta and British Columbia.

Dec. 27 — Christmas Day Observed — All banks closed

  • Note: For national holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Dec. 28 — Boxing Day Observed — All banks closed

  • Note: For national holidays with bank closures, allow at least one extra business day for direct deposit.

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve

Enjoy the calendar! If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below. Your feedback can help us make this tool even better.  

The advice we share on our blog is intended to be informational. It does not replace the expertise of accredited business professionals. Wagepoint assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this document. 

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Mel Ly

Mel is a Content Specialist at Wagepoint with a keen interest in Wellness, People & Culture and the Employee Experience. When she isn't writing, she spends her time dog mom-ing, sipping on lattes, inhaling banana cream pies and studying into different personality frameworks.

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