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February 29, 2024

Canada | Nunavut budget 2024-25 tabled

  • The Nunavut budget for 2024/2025 has been tabled.
  • The budget contains no new taxes and no income tax increases.
  • This Alert summarizes the key tax measures.

On 26 February 2024, Nunavut Finance Minister Lorne Kusugak tabled the territory's fiscal 2024-25 budget. The budget contains no new taxes and no income tax increases.

The minister anticipates an operating deficit of CA$14.6m for 2023-24 and projects an operating deficit of CA$21.0m for 2024-25.

A brief summary of the key tax measures follows.

Corporate income tax rates

No changes are proposed to the corporate income tax rates or the CA$500,000 small-business limit.

Nunavut's 2024 corporate income tax rates are summarized in Table A.

Table A — 2024 Nunavut corporate income tax rates1




Federal and Nunavut combined

Small-business tax rate2



General corporate tax rate2,3



1 These rates are calendar-year-end rates, unless otherwise indicated.

2 The federal corporate income tax rates for manufacturers of qualifying zero-emission technology are reduced to 7.5% for eligible income otherwise subject to the 15% federal general corporate income tax rate or 4.5% for eligible income otherwise subject to the 9% federal small-business corporate income tax rate. These reductions are not reflected in the combined federal and Nunavut rates above.

3 An additional tax applies to banks and life insurers at a rate of 1.5% on taxable income (subject to a CA$100m exemption to be shared by group members).

Personal income tax rates

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

The 2024 Nunavut personal income tax rates are summarized in Table B.

Table B — 2024 Nunavut personal income tax rates

First bracket rate

Second bracket rate

Third bracket rate

Fourth bracket rate

CA$0 to CA$53,268

CA$53,269 to CA$106,537

CA$106,538 to CA$173,205

Above CA$173,205





For taxable income exceeding CA$111,733, the 2024 combined federal-Nunavut personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.

Table C — Combined 2024 federal and Nunavut personal income tax rates


Ordinary income1

Eligible dividends

Non-eligible dividends

CA$111,734 to CA$173,205




CA$173,206 to CA$246,7522




Above CA$246,752




1 The rate on capital gains is one-half the ordinary income tax rate.

2 The federal basic personal amount comprises two elements: the base amount (CA$14,156 for 2024) and an additional amount (CA$1,549 for 2024). The additional amount is reduced for individuals with net income exceeding CA$173,205 and is fully eliminated for individuals with net income exceeding CA$246,752. Consequently, the additional amount is clawed back on net income exceeding CA$173,205 until the additional tax credit of CA$232 is eliminated; this results in additional federal income tax (e.g., 0.32% on ordinary income) on net income between CA$173,206 and CA$246,752.

Other tax measures

Liquor tax

No coming-into-force date was announced in the budget for the liquor tax that was enacted in 2022 on alcohol consumed or imported into the territory. The government indicates in the budget that it is finalizing the rates and other administrative matters.

Tax on vaping products

In accordance with Nunavut's agreement with the federal government to participate in the coordinated vaping product taxation framework, the Canada Revenue Agency will begin, on 1 July 2024, collecting Nunavut tax on vaping products sold in the territory. The tax will be levied in addition to the federal tax, and the rate will be the same as the federal rate

For up-to-date information on the federal, provincial and territorial budgets, visit

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Contact Information

For additional information concerning this Alert, please contact:

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Toronto

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Prairies

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Vancouver

Published by NTD’s Tax Technical Knowledge Services group; Carolyn Wright, legal editor