Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Contributions to registered pension plans (RPP)

Release date: November 17, 2021Updated on: July 13, 2022


Total dollar amount of contributions made by an employee to registered pension plans (RPP) during the reference year. A registered pension plan is an employer-sponsored plan registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. The purpose of such plans is to provide employees with a regular income at retirement.

For the 2021 Census, the reference period for income data is the calendar year 2020, unless otherwise specified.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 and 2016 (100% data).

Reported for

Population aged 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


Employers' share of the registered pension plans (RPP) contributions is excluded. Employers' contributions to any pooled registered pension plans (PRPP) are also excluded.

Contributions to various types of RPPs, such as defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans and hybrid plans are included.

For additional information about data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the income data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2021.

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