A new program to protect workers' wages!
The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) is a new Government of Canada program that provides timely payment of eligible wages for workers whose employer declared bankruptcy or became subject to a receivership.
Any worker who is legally entitled to work in Canada and meets all of the following criteria can apply:
Workers are generally not eligible to receive a payment in respect of any wages earned during, or that otherwise relate to, a period in which the individual:
Trustees and receivers have the responsibility to:
Yes, applications must be submitted by applicants to Service Canada within 56 days of the date of bankruptcy or receivership. If there is good cause for missing this deadline, a written explanation for the delay must be provided.
The maximum amount that can be received under the Program is the equivalent of four weeks maximum insurable earnings under the Employment Insurance Program, approximately $3,400 at the moment. The compensation will correspond to the unpaid eligible wages owed up to the maximum amount. Source deductions that would normally have been applied to the pay and amounts received after the date of the bankruptcy or receivership in respect of the eligible wages will be subtracted from the payment.
For further information on the Wage Earner Protection Program or on the status of an application, please call the Service Canada dedicated information line:
Toll-free: 1-866-683-6516 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)
or visit the Service Canada website.
When inquiring about the status of your application you will need to provide your Social Insurance Number.