Wage Earner Protection Program
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.
- Am I eligible for the WEPP?
- What is the eligibility period?
- What are eligible wages under the WEPP?
- Do I qualify for the WEPP if I am related to my employer?
- Do I qualify for the WEPP if I worked for the receiver or trustee?
- Am I still eligible for the WEPP if I have received a partial payment from the trustee or receiver?
- Am I eligible for the WEPP if I am a foreign worker?
- What should I do if there is no trustee or receiver appointed in my employer's bankruptcy or receivership?
- How much will I receive?
- When will I receive my payment?
- What should I do if I disagree with the amount the trustee/receiver thinks is owed to me?
- What should I do if I do not receive my payment?
- Should I report the receipt of my WEPP payment to Employment Insurance (EI)?
- If the payment I receive under the WEPP does not cover all the eligible wages I am owed, what recourse do I have?
- What should I do if I am owed wages prior to the eligibility period preceding receivership/bankruptcy?
- What is the "prescribed reduction" of 6.82%?
- What does the term "subrogation" mean?
- Can my WEPP payment be affected by a Family Order Agreement (FOA)?
Tax Slip Information
Date and Deadlines
Information for Trustees / Receivers
- How do trustees/receivers register with the Wage Earner Protection Program?
- How do trustees/receivers know when Service Canada has paid a WEPP Claim?
- Where do trustees/receivers send their WEPP payments?
- Where do trustees/receivers send bankruptcy and/or receivership discharge information?
- Is the Government of Canada required to file a proof of claim with trustees/receivers for the purpose of recovering WEPP payments from the estate or property?
- What do trustees/receivers need to know about the Monthly Statement of Account?
- Questions and Answers for Trustees and 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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