Consultation on Wage Earner Protection Program Regulations

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from May 21, 2019 to June 28, 2019.

The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) provides for the payment of outstanding wages to individuals whose employer is bankrupt or under receivership. The Government of Canada recently made a number of improvements to the WEPP. For instance, the maximum WEPP payment was increased to $7,148 for 2019, up from $3,977 in 2018.

A number of other improvements need updated or new regulations before they can come into effect. We would like your views on how to improve WEPP in areas such as:

During the consultations, we asked your views on how to improve WEPP in areas such as:

  • timeliness of WEPP payments for workers affected by a corporate restructuring; and
  • eligibility for Canadian employees working for companies that go bankrupt outside of Canada

Please read the discussion paper Enhancing the Wage Earner Protection Program for more information about this regulatory initiative. 

Consultations help identify how regulations can be developed to improve the operation of WEPP and make the Program more equitable. Consultations can also help identify potential issues of concern that should be taken into consideration during the regulatory development process.

Who was the focus of this consultation

Everyone has been welcome to participate. However, we were particularly interested in hearing from key stakeholders such as insolvency professionals, academics, and labour representatives.

Comments have been sent electronically to the Labour Program by email.

Alternatively, we accepted written submissions by post to:

  • Alex Duff
  • Manager, Wage Earner Protection Program, Policy and Oversight
  • Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • 165 rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville Street
  • Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • K1A 0J2
  • Mail stop L1007

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