Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Contributions to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Québec Pension Plan (QPP)

Release date: May 3, 2017 Updated on: September 13, 2017


All contributions paid by an employee or a self-employed person to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Québec Pension Plan (QPP) during the reference period.

For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for this contribution variable.

Statistical unit(s)



Not applicable

Reported in

2016 (100% data)

Reported for

Population 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Variable derived based on administrative tax and benefit records received from the Canada Revenue Agency.


Positive dollar value or nil


This variable represents the net contributions; any excess contributions are excluded.

Employers' contributions to the CPP and QPP are excluded.

One must be at least 18 years old and less than 70 years old to be eligible to make contributions to the CPP and QPP.

For additional information about the data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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