Making NOA Deductions

How much to deduct

A Notice of Attachment (NOA) is a legal document requiring the attachee to deduct a specific amount from the payor’s wages or other income, and send the amount to FMEP for the recipient.

The amount deducted is determined by the payor’s income source. For example – if the attachment is against the payor’s ICBC claim or bank account, we can attach up to 100 per cent.  If it against the payor’s wage, the amount attached is based on a formula set by BC law. The Notice of Attachment includes a guide which helps the attachee determine the deduction that applies to the payor.

The NOA lists the amounts owing by the payor. Any ongoing maintenance payments due since the attachment was issued need to be added to the arrears amount and can be collected.

More than one NOA for same payor

Even if the attachee receives more than one Notice of Attachment for the same payor, the attachee can only take a single deduction each pay period from the payor. Here are the steps:

  1. Calculate the total amount owing under the Notices of Attachment by adding together the current amount of arrears and the ongoing due amounts from each Notice of Attachment.
  2. Look up the amount to deduct in the table included with the Notice of Attachment. We don’t recommend the attachee use the calculator on the website for this step.
  3. Send us one cheque made payable to FMEP for either the amount deducted in Step 2, or the total amount owing in Step 1, whichever is less.

FMEP will deposit the cheque and split the funds between the payor’s cases.