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May 30, 2024

Canada | Northwest Territories budget 2024-25

  • The Northwest Territories budget for 2024/2025 has been tabled.
  • The budget contains no new taxes (other than a previously announced vaping products tax) and no income tax increases.
  • This Alert summarizes the key tax measures.

On 24 May 2024, Northwest Territories Finance Minister Caroline Wawzonek tabled the territory's fiscal 2024-25 budget. The budget contains no new taxes (other than a previously announced vaping products tax) and no income tax increases.

The minister anticipates an operating deficit of CA$150m for 2023-24 and projects an operating surplus of CA$294m for 2024-25 as well as operating surpluses for each of the next three years.

Following is a brief summary of the key tax measures.

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.

The Northwest Territories 2024 corporate income tax rates are summarized in Table A.

Table A — 2024 Northwest Territories corporate income tax rates1




Federal and NWT 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 Northwest Territories rates above.

3 An additional federal 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 Northwest Territories personal income tax rates are summarized in Table B.

Table B — 2024 Northwest Territories personal income tax rates

First bracket rate

Second bracket rate

Third bracket rate

Fourth bracket rate

CA$0 to CA$50,597

CA$50,598 to CA$101,198

CA$101,199 to CA$164,525

Above CA$164,525





For taxable income exceeding CA$164,525, the 2024 combined federal-Northwest Territories personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.

Table C — Combined 2024 federal and Northwest Territories personal income tax rates


Ordinary income1

Eligible dividends

Non-eligible dividends

CA$164,526 to CA$173,205




$CA173,206 to CA$246,7522




Above CA$246,752




1 The rate on capital gains is one-half the ordinary income tax rate. However, as proposed in the 2024 federal budget, the rate on capital gains will increase from one-half to two-thirds the ordinary income tax rate on the portion of capital gains realized in the year exceeding CA$250,000, for capital gains realized on or after 25 June 2024. The annual CA$250,000 threshold will not be prorated for 2024 and will apply only in respect of net capital gains realized on or after 25 June 2024.

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

Property tax

In keeping with the existing indexing policy, property mill rates will be adjusted for inflation.

Carbon pricing

In line with the federal benchmark, the Northwest Territories carbon tax rate increased CA$15 per carbon-equivalent ton of greenhouse gas emissions to CA$80 as of 1 April 2024 (with corresponding adjustments to the cost of living offset). However, as previously announced and effective 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2027, the Northwest Territories carbon tax on diesel heating fuel deliveries for all but large emitters will be rebated at the source. This rebate follows the federal government's October 2023 announcement to suspend the carbon tax on diesel heating fuel under its backstop carbon pricing system for three years.

Tax on vaping products

In accordance with the Northwest Territories' 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 Northwest Territories tax on vaping products sold in the territories. The rates to be levied will be in addition to, and the same as, the federal rates.

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

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