This section of the book is from the "Canadian Banking Practice" book, by John T. P. Knight.
Question 321.— A Division Court judgment is held against an individual employed as assessor by a municipal corporation at a salary of so much for each year's work. He is, however, in the habit of drawing the amount in instalments at irregular dates on application to his employers. Can the creditor do anything in the way of garnishing his salary ?
Answer.—The creditor cannot, of course, garnish the salary which has been actually paid, nor can he garnish the salary not yet earned, as salary does not become a debt until earned. All he could do would be to garnish any arrears of salary earned and unpaid, and whether anything could be done in this direction in the case mentioned would depend altogether on the understanding between the corporation and the employee.