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 ($3,738 for 2014), minus amounts prescribed by regulations.
Delivered by: Service Canada on behalf of the Labour Program.
Am I eligible for the WEPP?
You may apply if:
- your employment has ended;
- your former employer has filed for bankruptcy or is subject to a receivership;
- you are owed wages, vacation pay, termination or severance pay from the former employer; and
- amounts were earned during the eligibility period or, in the case of termination or severance pay, your employment was terminated during the eligibility period ending on the date of bankruptcy or receivership.
Service Canada cannot process your application unless the information from the Licensed Insolvency Trustee/Receiver has been received. If you disagree with the amounts the Licensed Insolvency Trustee or Receiver has indicated is owing to you, please discuss this with them before applying.
Please follow these instructions:
- Submit a proof of claim to the Licensed Insolvency Trustee/Receiver in order to receive a WEPP payment. A proof of claim is a written statement filed during bankruptcy or receivership proceedings in which a creditor cites the reason a debtor owes the creditor money.
- If you have not already filed a proof of claim, the Licensed Insolvency Trustee/Receiver appointed in your former employer's bankruptcy/receivership will assist you in filing a proof of claim. You may also be entitled to compensation beyond what can be paid under the WEPP.