Notice to employers: changes to various rates effective August 1

Changes to certain rates will come into effect on August 1, 2021, following the signing of collective agreements in the four sectors of the construction industry. 

Starting the week of August 1, you must adjust the following rates: 

  • Wage rates 
  • Employee and employer pension plan contribution rates (employee’s and employer’s share - retirement) 
  • Rate applicable to the employer’s contribution to the supplementary* insurance plans (a portion of the employer's share - insurance)
  • Welding qualification fund
  • Indemnities for safety equipment

Please note that the rate applicable to the employer’s contribution to the supplementary insurance plans represents only a portion of the employer’s share of the insurance plan. The employer’s share of the basic insurance plan remains at $2.10 for now. For the time being, only the portion pertaining to existing supplementary plans is subject to changes for certain trades. These rates are available on the Wages and rates page.

Online tools to help you

For assistance in producing your company’s payroll and submitting your monthly report to the CCQ, we recommend using the Tool for finding wage rates available on our website. All rates in this document will be updated by August 1. The adjusted rates will also be available in the CCQ Online Services and will be accessible to employers who download their rates from the CCQ.

If you use accounting software, make sure that the rates have been updated and that the amounts of the various deductions are accurate.

Please note that for the August monthly activities reports, only the rates shown above have been changed.

More changes to come

In addition to these changes, other social benefit parameters will also be adjusted in the near future. These are awaiting the decisions of the Construction Industry Social Benefits Committee (CASIC), in particular for the timing of their implementation. Further notifications will be sent to you in due course.

For more information on the changes to the new collective agreements, we invite you to contact your employer association directly.

*Excluding new contributions for boilermakers, and the addition of supplementary plans for painters in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors. Further notifications will be sent to you when they are implemented.


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