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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.
*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.
For the purposes of WEPP, a restructuring event is a proposal under Division I of Part III of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act or proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
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. Extensions may be granted if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from filing within the prescribed time frame. A written explanation for the delay must be provided.
The maximum amount you can receive under the program is an amount equalling four weeks' maximum insurable earnings under the Employment Insurance Act, less amounts that are prescribed by WEPP regulations.
For further information on the Wage Earner Protection Program or on the status of your application please call the Service Canada dedicated information line:
When inquiring about the status of your application you will need to provide your Social Insurance Number.
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