Although federal income tax rates are the same across the country, where a person lives can have a significant impact on the total amount paid because provincial and territorial tax rates — and tax brackets — vary widely.
Exactly how much you will end up paying each year depends on where you live on Dec. 31.
Of course, the final tax bill depends on the tax credits a person is able to claim. But a person who earned $50,000 last year could expect to have a base tax bill of $11,747 in Quebec, the highest in the country.
The Maritimes have the next-highest tax rates — someone in Nova Scotia would pay a base $11,419 and a resident of Manitoba or P.E.I. would be on the hook for $11,378 in taxes.
That same person would incur just $8,349 in total income taxes if they lived in Nunavut.
The graph below shows how the base rate of federal and provincial income taxes Canadians pay in each province and territory at six different income levels for the 2011 tax year. Mouse over each income data point to get the specific numbers. Click on the coloured boxes to select or deselect individual provinces and territories.
(Note: The tax payable amounts do not include non-refundable tax credits other than the basic personal tax credit. The Ontario figures do not include the Ontario Health Premium.)
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