If you are an employee legally entitled to work in Canada, you have certain protections under the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) Act concerning payment of your wages, vacation, severance and termination pay if your employer becomes bankrupt or subject to a receivership under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. This section provides you with detailed information about those rights and the steps you can take to recover outstanding wages.
The eligibility period for the Program was expanded to cover employees who lose their jobs during an employer’s attempt at restructuring which subsequently ends in bankruptcy or receivership. Expanding coverage of the WEPP means more Canadian workers qualify for WEPP support and also allows for higher average monetary claims.
The expanded WEPP coverage applies to employees whose employer went bankrupt or entered into receivership after June 5, 2011.