Canada: Prince Edward Island issues budget 2021–22

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15 Mar 2021
Subject Tax Alert
Categories Corporate Tax
Jurisdictions Canada

On 12 March 2021, Prince Edward Island Finance Minister Darlene Compton tabled the province’s fiscal 2021–22 budget. The budget contains tax measures affecting individuals and corporations.

The Minister anticipates a deficit of CA$120.0m1 for 2020–21 and projects a deficit of $112.1m for 2021–22, followed by further reduced deficits for each of the next two fiscal years ($45.7m for 2022–23 and $27.9m for 2023–24).

The following is a brief summary of the key tax measures.

Business tax measures

Corporate tax rates

No changes are proposed to the general corporate income tax rate. However, effective 1 January 2022, the small-business tax rate will decrease to 1% from 2%. The $500,000 small-business limit remains unchanged.

Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) current and proposed future corporate income tax rates are summarized in Table A.

Table A – 2021 PEI corporate tax rates
Current rates
Proposed rates


Federal and PEI combined


Federal and PEI combined

Small-business tax rate* **





General corporate tax rate*





* Rates represent calendar-year rates unless otherwise indicated.
** In accordance with its 2020–21 budget tabled on 17 June 2020, Prince Edward Island has reduced its small-business rate from 3% to 2% effective 1 January 2021.

Personal tax

Personal income tax rates

The budget does not include any changes to personal income tax rates.

The 2021 PEI personal tax rates are summarized in Table B.

Table B – 2021 PEI personal tax rates
First bracket rate
Second bracket rate
Third bracket rate

$0 to $31,984

$31,985 to $63,969

Above $63,969




In addition, there is a 10% surtax on provincial income tax in excess of $12,500.

For taxable income in excess of $99,781, the 2021 combined federal-Prince Edward Island personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.

Table C – Combined 2021 federal and PEI personal tax rates
Ordinary income*
Eligible dividends
Non-eligible dividends

$99,782 to $151,978




$151,979 to $216,511**




Above $216,511




*The rate on capital gains is one-half the ordinary income tax rate.
**The federal basic personal amount comprises two elements: the base amount ($12,421 for 2021) and an additional amount ($1,387 for 2021). The additional amount is reduced for individuals with net income in excess of $151,978 and is fully eliminated for individuals with net income in excess of $216,511. Consequently, the additional amount is clawed back on net income in excess of $151,978 until the additional tax credit of $208 is eliminated; this results in additional federal income tax (e.g., 0.32% on ordinary income) on net income between $151,979 and $216,511.

Personal tax credits

This budget proposes changes to the following personal credits/amounts:

  • Increase in the basic personal income tax exemption to $11,250 from $10,500 as of 1 January 2022 (the intent of the Government is to raise the exemption to $12,000 over the course of its mandate, which started in 2019)
  • Increase in the low-income tax reduction threshold to $20,000 from $19,000 as of 1 January 2022

For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Toronto
  • Linda Tang
  • Mark Kaplan
  • Phil Halvorson
  • Terry McDowell
  • Trevor O’Brien
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Quebec and Atlantic Canada
  • Albert Anelli
  • Angelo Nikolakakis
  • Brian Mustard
  • Denis Vaillancourt
  • Nicolas Legault
  • Nik Diksic
  • Philippe-Antoine Morin
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Prairies
  • Mark Coleman
  • Liza Mathew
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Vancouver
  • Eric Bretsen

For a full listing of contacts and email addresses, please click on the Tax News Update: Global Edition (GTNU) version of this Alert.