Wage Earner Protection Program for an employee: Overview

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

1. Overview

The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) provides for the payment of outstanding eligible wages to individuals whose employer is bankrupt or subject to a receivership within the meaning of subsection 243(2) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

The payment covers eligible wages:

  • For bankruptcies or receiverships prior to February 27, 2018: an amount up to four times the maximum weekly insurable earnings under the Employment Insurance Act ($3,976.92 for 2018), or
  • For bankruptcies or receiverships on or after February 27, 2018: an amount up to seven times the maximum weekly insurable earnings under the Employment Insurance Act ($7,148.05 for 2019).

What to do if your employer's business closes and there is no trustee or receiver appointed

If there is no bankruptcy or receivership, you are not eligible for the WEPP. However, you may ask for assistance under federal or provincial Labour Standards legislation. You will find contact information for provincial and territorial Labour Standards offices for your area.

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