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Waiver of withholding tax for employers not resident in Canada


What is withholding tax?

Non-resident withholding tax in Canada refers to the obligation of Canadian payers to withhold and remit tax on certain types of income paid to non-residents of Canada.

The purpose of this withholding is to ensure that non-residents meet their tax obligations to the Canadian government.

Consequently, sending non-resident employees to physically perform services in Canada may trigger a withholding tax obligation.

A non-resident company must withhold and remit tax on employment income paid to non-resident employees who perform services in Canada.

Canadian income tax law stipulates that Canadian payers, such as employers, even non-resident companies that send non-Canadian employees, must withhold at source a portion of certain types of income before making payments to non-residents. The amount withheld is then remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

What are your needs?

If so, you may be required to withhold and remit tax on certain types of income paid to non-residents of Canada.

The types of income* subject to non-resident withholding tax may be as follows:


If a non-resident works in Canada, the employer must deduct tax from his or her salary (even if the stay is short term).


When Canadian companies pay dividends to non-resident shareholders, they are required to withhold tax on these dividends.


Canadian payers who make royalty payments to non-residents must withhold tax from these payments.

*Other types of income may be subject to withholding tax, although this list is not exhaustive.

How can we help you?

ASD Group can provide you with all the expertise and skills you need:

ASD Group experts will review and document how your employee and business meet the definition of a qualifying non-resident employee and employer at the time you pay any employment income.

After consultation with us and if you meet the necessary conditions, our team will prepare, submit and present an application for tax exemption or certification on your behalf.

In situations requiring further clarification or negotiation, ASD Group will act as an intermediary between your company and the relevant tax authorities to provide the required information and answer questions. This proactive involvement will facilitate the application process and ensure that any concerns or queries from the tax authorities are promptly addressed.

What can we do for you?

ASD Group’s experts will work with you to analyse your situation: check eligibility criteria, draw up the application file, etc.

We will liaise with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to obtain all the necessary information.

We take the necessary steps on your behalf to ensure that you remain compliant.

The experts at ASD Group will file your returns and remain at your side until the GST/HST/PST taxes on eligible transactions are refunded.

Why call on ASD Group?

The tax environment is constantly evolving. More than ever, companies are finding that adopting a winning tax strategy is essential to long-term profitability. Managing withholding tax exemptions for non-resident employers in Canada requires specialized expertise. That’s why choosing ASD Group means :

A specialist team in Canada to support you on a day-to-day basis and help you secure your business.

A trusted contact for over 20 years who will be your privileged link with the Canadian tax authorities.

A network of 25 branches in 21 countries in Europe and abroad.

What are the benefits of using ASD Group?

We provide you with innovative software tools to simplify the management and processing of taxes in Canada.

For more than 10 years, our qualified experts have been committed to simplifying your procedures and obligations in Canada and the United States.

ASD Group is your one-stop shop for tax compliance and your gateway to North America to develop your business.

ASD Group provides turnkey strategic solutions for efficient cash management and asset trading.

Key concepts to remember


Withholding rates vary depending on the type of income and the beneficiary’s country of residence. Tax treaties between Canada and other countries may also affect withholding rates. As a general rule, the tax withheld serves as an advance payment of the final tax payable by the non-resident in Canada.


As a general rule, employers are liable to a penalty if, during a calendar year, they fail to deduct or withhold an amount from an employment income payment made to a non-resident employee for employment services rendered in Canada.

Frequently asked questions about withholding tax

Tax withholding for non-resident employers in Canada is a process whereby Canadian employers must withhold a portion of the income paid to non-resident employees to ensure that the appropriate federal and provincial taxes are paid to the Canadian government.

A non-resident employer in Canada is generally a company or person that does not have a permanent presence in Canada and that employs workers in Canada. The rules may vary depending on the specific situation, but in general, if you do not have a permanent branch in Canada, you are considered a non-resident employer.

Withholding tax applies to payments such as salaries, fees, commissions, allowances, pensions and other types of remuneration paid to non-resident employees in Canada.

Non-resident employers must calculate the withholding tax based on the tax rates applicable to the province where the services are rendered. Withholding tax must be deducted from each payment made to non-resident employees and remitted to the Canadian government. Employers must also file returns to account for these payments.

Withholding tax rates vary depending on the non-resident employee’s income and the province where the services are rendered. It is important to consult the current withholding tax rates, as they may change from year to year.

Non-resident employers must register with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They must also ensure that they correctly withhold income tax from their non-resident employees, file the appropriate returns and remit the amounts withheld to the CRA.

Yes, there are certain exceptions and exemptions that may apply depending on the nature of the work, the employee’s status and the international tax treaties in place between Canada and the non-resident employee’s country of residence. It is important to consult the CRA or a tax expert to determine if any exemptions apply.

Failure to comply with Canadian tax obligations may result in penalties and interest. It is essential that non-resident employers comply with Canadian tax laws to avoid such consequences.

Frequently asked questions about the GST/HST/PST in Canada

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We can also put our expertise at your disposal for the following services in Canada:

Becoming a non-resident importer (NRI) in Canada
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Tax registration (GST/HST/PST)
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