What are eligible wages under the WEPP?

The following earnings are considered eligible wages under the WEPP:

  • Salaries, commissions, compensation for services rendered, vacation pay, gratuities accounted for by the employer, disbursements of a travelling salesperson properly incurred in and about the business of the former employer, production bonuses and shift premiums that were earned during the eligibility period preceding the bankruptcy or receivership*; and
  • Severance pay and termination pay for employment that ended in the eligibility period preceding the bankruptcy or receivership*.

*The eligibility period for WEPP starts six months before a restructuring event and ends on the date of bankruptcy or receivership. Should your employer not have gone through restructuring, the eligibility period is the six-month period ending on the date of bankruptcy or receivership.