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Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP)




The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) is a Government of Canada program that provides timely payment of eligible wages owing to workers whose employer has gone bankrupt or become subject to receivership. Eligible wages under the Program include salaries, commissions, vacation, termination and severance pay.

Eligible Applicants

Any worker who meets all of the following criteria can apply:

  • Your employment has ended
  • Your former employer is declared bankrupt or is subject to a receivership and
  • Your former employer owes you
    • wages and vacation pay earned during the six month period ending on the date of the bankruptcy or receivership* and/or
    • termination and severance pay for employment that ended during the six month period ending on the date of the bankruptcy or receivership*

*If your former employer went through restructuring before declaring bankruptcy or going under receivership, the eligibility period in which the amounts must be earned and in which employment has to end starts six months before the restructuring event and ends on the date of bankrupcty or receivership.

Eligible Expenses

The maximum amount you can receive under the program is an amount equaling seven weeks’ maximum insurable earnings under the Employment Insurance Act, less amounts that are prescribed by WEPP regulations.

Deadline Date

  Applications must be submitted to Service Canada within 56 days of either from the date of bankruptcy or receivership or from the date your employment ended.
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