Federal Child Support Guidelines (SOR/97-175)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2011-12-31. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Calculation of annual income

 Subject to sections 17 to 20, a spouse’s annual income is determined using the sources of income set out under the heading “Total income” in the T1 General form issued by the Canada Revenue Agency and is adjusted in accordance with Schedule III.

  • SOR/2000-337, s. 3;
  • SOR/2007-59, s. 4.
Marginal note:Pattern of income
  •  (1) If the court is of the opinion that the determination of a spouse’s annual income under section 16 would not be the fairest determination of that income, the court may have regard to the spouse’s income over the last three years and determine an amount that is fair and reasonable in light of any pattern of income, fluctuation in income or receipt of a non-recurring amount during those years.

  • Marginal note:Non-recurring losses

    (2) Where a spouse has incurred a non-recurring capital or business investment loss, the court may, if it is of the opinion that the determination of the spouse’s annual income under section 16 would not provide the fairest determination of the annual income, choose not to apply sections 6 and 7 of Schedule III, and adjust the amount of the loss, including related expenses and carrying charges and interest expenses, to arrive at such amount as the court considers appropriate.

  • SOR/2000-337, s. 4.
Marginal note:Shareholder, director or officer
  •  (1) Where a spouse is a shareholder, director or officer of a corporation and the court is of the opinion that the amount of the spouse’s annual income as determined under section 16 does not fairly reflect all the money available to the spouse for the payment of child support, the court may consider the situations described in section 17 and determine the spouse’s annual income to include

    • (a) all or part of the pre-tax income of the corporation, and of any corporation that is related to that corporation, for the most recent taxation year; or

    • (b) an amount commensurate with the services that the spouse provides to the corporation, provided that the amount does not exceed the corporation’s pre-tax income.

  • Marginal note:Adjustment to corporation’s pre-tax income

    (2) In determining the pre-tax income of a corporation for the purposes of subsection (1), all amounts paid by the corporation as salaries, wages or management fees, or other payments or benefits, to or on behalf of persons with whom the corporation does not deal at arm’s length must be added to the pre-tax income, unless the spouse establishes that the payments were reasonable in the circumstances.

Marginal note:Imputing income
  •  (1) The court may impute such amount of income to a spouse as it considers appropriate in the circumstances, which circumstances include the following:

    • (a) the spouse is intentionally under-employed or unemployed, other than where the under-employment or unemployment is required by the needs of a child of the marriage or any child under the age of majority or by the reasonable educational or health needs of the spouse;

    • (b) the spouse is exempt from paying federal or provincial income tax;

    • (c) the spouse lives in a country that has effective rates of income tax that are significantly lower than those in Canada;

    • (d) it appears that income has been diverted which would affect the level of child support to be determined under these Guidelines;

    • (e) the spouse’s property is not reasonably utilized to generate income;

    • (f) the spouse has failed to provide income information when under a legal obligation to do so;

    • (g) the spouse unreasonably deducts expenses from income;

    • (h) the spouse derives a significant portion of income from dividends, capital gains or other sources that are taxed at a lower rate than employment or business income or that are exempt from tax; and

    • (i) the spouse is a beneficiary under a trust and is or will be in receipt of income or other benefits from the trust.

  • Marginal note:Reasonableness of expenses

    (2) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(g), the reasonableness of an expense deduction is not solely governed by whether the deduction is permitted under the Income Tax Act.

  • SOR/2000-337, s. 5.