Contributions to the Québec Pension Plan

Changes to come

As of 1 January 2024, changes made to the Québec Pension Plan (QPP) will be in effect.

Who contributes to the Québec Pension Plan?

Contributions are paid by workers aged 18 and over whose employment income is greater than the basic exemption of $3500


Beneficiaries of a disability pension no longer contribute to the Plan.

Basic exemption

A worker must contribute to the Plan if his or her employment earnings are greater than $3500. The amount of the exemption is reduced if the worker was not entitled to participate in the Plan for the whole year.

The basic exemption is reduced if, during the year, the worker:

  • reaches the age of 18
  • began receiving a disability pension
  • stopped receiving a disability pension
  • died

How long does the contributory period last?

The contributory period begins in the month following a person's 18th birthday regardless of whether he or she works. If a person's 18th birthday fell before 1 January 1966, his or her contributory period begins on that date.  

The contributory period used to calculate the benefits ends at the end of the earliest of the following months:  

  • the month preceding the one in which a retirement pension begins;
  • the month of the 70th birthday;
  • the month of death.

For disability benefits, the contributory period ends at the end of the month in which the person became disabled.


Individuals who are receiving a retirement pension under the Québec Pension Plan and continue to work must contribute to the Plan if their earnings exceed the $3500 basic exemption, regardless of their age. Those contributions will entitle them to an increase in the amount of their pension, that is, retirement pension supplement.

It is possible that certain months will not be taken into account when calculating the contributory period, which could give entitlement to a certain benefits under the Québec Pension Plan or even increase the amount; if they are:

  • months for which a person received a disability pension under the Québec Pension Plan or the Canada Pension Plan or an unreduced income replacement indemnity from the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).
  • as of 1966 (the year in which the Québec Pension Plan came into effect), any months for which a person received family benefits paid by the Québec governmentor theCanadian government for a child under 7. The period can be extended up to 18 years for the parent of a child requiring exceptional care receiving a benefit under the Supplement for Handicapped Children Requiring Exceptional CareSeeNote 1 program.

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  1. Note 1This measure applies to applications for benefits received as of 1 January 2020 and covers the months during which the parent benefited from the Supplement for Handicapped Children Requiring Exceptional Care since its creation on 1 April 2016. Back to reference
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