Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 19, 2011 20:55 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Government of Canada Helping Former IQT Employees

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 19, 2011) - This document corrects and replaces the release sent earlier today at 7:12 PM EDT.

Government of Canada employees are reaching out to help employees affected by the sudden closure of IQT Solutions.

"We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of this tragic event on these hard-working Canadians," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "I encourage former IQT employees to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits immediately in order to avoid any possible loss of benefits."

Individuals can apply for their EI benefits as soon as they lose their job without having a copy of their Record of Employment. It is important that they apply quickly. In instances where the employer has failed to provide a Record of Employment, or in situations of mass lay-offs, Service Canada will make every attempt to contact and work with the employer.

When a company files for bankruptcy, affected employees may be eligible to receive payment for owed wages, vacation pay, termination pay and severance pay under the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) should they meet the eligibility criteria.

Affected employees can obtain program and eligibility information by visiting www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/wepp/index.shtml, calling the WEPP-dedicated call centre at 1-866-683-6516 or going to any Service Canada Centre.

Service Canada will monitor the local situation on an ongoing basis. It will provide immediate response to the affected employers and workers, ensuring timely access to federal and, where possible, provincial programs and services.

For more information about the EI Program, please visit servicecanada.gc.ca or call 1-800-206-7218.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559