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March 4, 2024

Canada | Nova Scotia budget 2024-25 discussed

  • The Nova Scotia budget for 2024-25 has been tabled.
  • The budget contains one new tax measure affecting individuals.
  • This Alert summarizes the key tax measures.

On 29 February 2024, Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Allan MacMaster tabled the province's fiscal 2024-25 budget. The budget contains no new taxes and no income tax increases, but it introduces indexing to the provincial personal income tax system as of 1 January 2025.

The minister anticipates a deficit of CA$467.4m for 2024-25 and projects deficits for each of the next three years.

A brief summary of the key tax measures follows.

Business tax measures

Corporate income tax rates

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

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

Table A — 2024 Nova Scotia corporate income tax rates1



Federal and NS combined

Small-business tax rate2



General corporate tax rate2, 3



1 The rates represent 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 Nova Scotia 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 tax

Personal income tax rates

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

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

Table B — 2024 Nova Scotia personal income tax rates

First bracket rate1

Second bracket rate

Third bracket rate

Fourth bracket rate

Fifth bracket


CA$0 to CA$29,590

CA$29,591 to CA$59,180

CA$59,181 to CA$93,000

CA$93,001 to CA$150,000

Above CA$150,000






1 Individuals resident in Nova Scotia on 31 December 2024 with taxable income up to CA$11,894 pay no provincial income tax due to a low-income tax reduction. The low-income tax reduction is clawed back for income exceeding CA$15,000 until the reduction is eliminated, resulting in an additional 5% of provincial tax on income between CA$15,001 and CA$21,000.

For taxable income exceeding CA$150,000, the 2024 combined federal-Nova Scotia personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.

Table C — Combined 2024 federal and Nova Scotia personal income tax rates


Ordinary income1

Eligible dividends

Non-eligible dividends

CA$150,001 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.

Personal tax credits

This budget introduces indexing to the provincial personal income tax system as of 1 January 2025. Taxable income brackets will be subject to annual adjustment, and the following nonrefundable tax credits will be indexed:

  • Basic personal amount
  • Spouse or common-law partner amount
  • Amount for an eligible dependent
  • Age amount
  • Amount for infirm dependents age 18 or older

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), Halifax

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