Wage Earner Protection Program

Possible Canada Post Service Disruption: Important Notice

We encourage all applicants to sign up for direct deposit to avoid delays. Direct deposit is the most efficient and surest method of payment and will not be impacted by a postal disruption.

We encourage applicants to apply for the Wage Earner Protection Program online to avoid delays.

In the event of a Canada Post service disruption, applications submitted by mail will be accepted outside the 56 day application deadline. Decision letters on applications will also be delayed during a postal disruption.

An extension will be granted for review and appeal requests of Wage Earner Protection Program decisions.

The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) compensates eligible workers for unpaid wages, vacation, severance and termination pay they are owed when their employer declares bankruptcy or becomes subject to a receivership under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

There is a maximum compensation payment of the equivalent of four weeks of insurable Employment Insurance (EI) earnings ($3,907.68 for 2016), minus amounts prescribed by regulations.

Delivered by: Service Canada on behalf of the Labour Program

What’s New :

Five-Year Statutory Review Report of the Wage Earner Protection Program Act outlines the program’s continued success in helping workers when they need it most — between bankruptcy and finding a new job.

Recent legislative changes to the WEPP

Eligibility Information

Application Information


Financial Information

Tax Slip Information

Date and Deadlines

Contact Information

Information for Trustees / Receivers

Printing the Trustee/Receiver Information Form is strongly discouraged because this form can be revised/updated as a result of a change in the legislation or policy. As such, printed forms could quickly become outdated.

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