Recovering wages

My former employer has gone out of business or gone bankrupt.  How do I get my wages back?

There are a number of things you can do.  If your former employer is not bankrupt or subject to an insolvency proceeding, then you should contact the local office of the provincial Employment Standards Branch.  They will investigate your claim.

If your former employer is bankrupt or subject to an insolvency proceeding, then you need to contact the Trustee/Receiver and make a claim.  You will also need to make a claim with the Wage Earner Protection Program through Service Canada.   This program entitles you up to a maximum amount of $3,531 in wages, vacation and severance pay.   Information regarding this program and how former employees can make a claim can be found here.  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/wepp/index.shtml .

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