About the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP)

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

You may be eligible to receive a payment under the Wage Earner Protection Program Act if:

  • your employer has filed for bankruptcy, is subject to receivership, or another WEPP qualifying insolvency proceeding, such as:
  • you have lost your job and your employer owes you wages, vacation pay, termination pay or severance pay

A trustee or receiver will be named to handle your former employer’s bankruptcy, receivership, or other WEPP qualifying insolvency proceeding file.

You will need to file a proof of claim with the trustee or receiver as soon as possible.

  • Changes to the WEPP Regulations In effect November 20, 2021

    • In addition to bankruptcies and receiverships, the following 3 WEPP qualifying insolvency proceedings have been introduced:
      • proposals under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act (BIA) (Division 1 Part III). Note: this also includes a Notice of Intention to file a proposal under the BIA (Division 1 Part III)
      • certain Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings
      • certain foreign proceedings
    • WEPP payments for any WEPP qualifying insolvency proceeding that occurs on or after November 20, 2021 will no longer be reduced by the 6.82% offset
    • The payment mechanism, and amounts payable, to offset the costs of administering the WEPP for insolvency professionals has been updated

    For more information on the new changes, consult the WEPP Act and Regulations:

    • for proposals and CCAA filing, section 5(b)(iv) of the Act and 3.1 of the Regulations
    • for foreign proceedings, section 5(b)(iii) of the Act and 3.2 of the Regulations
    • for trustee payment, section 18 of the Regulations


Please select the following which applies to you:

  • I am an employee
    • For individuals whose employer is bankrupt or subject to a receivership or other WEPP qualifying insolvency proceeding
  • I am a trustee or receiver
    • For persons appointed to settle the affairs of an insolvent entity
  • I am a third party
    • For organizations or individuals issuing payments to a WEPP recipient

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