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Sears Canada Employees and Former Employees


Active or Former Employees of Sears Canada Inc.

On June 22, 2017, Sears Canada Inc. and several related parties were granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”), pursuant to an Order of the Honourable Justice Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP has been appointed as Representative Counsel to represent the Active and Former Employees of Sears Canada in the CCAA Proceedings. Further terms of the appointment will be determined at the Comeback Hearing on July 13, 2017 and updates will be posted here as they become available.

FTI Consulting was appointed as the monitor in the CCAA Proceedings. The monitor's website can be accessed by clicking here.

If you are an Active or Former Employee of Sears Canada, with questions about the proceeding, please email us at SearsCanadaEmployees@upfhlaw.ca or call us on our toll-free number at 1-844-855-8352. 

What's New

  • June 17, 2021 - Upcoming Plan Distributions for Former Sears Canada Employees Whose Claims have not Already Been Fully Paid by the Federal Wage Earner Protection Program (“WEPP”)

  • April 30, 2021 - ERC Webinars for Former Sears Employees Whose Claim Has Not Already Been Fully Paid By The Federal Wage Earner Protection Program

  • December 16, 2020 - Termination of the Employee Hardship Fund

  • December 1, 2020 - Update on the Employee Hardship Fund

  • December 1, 2020 - Update on Plan Approval

  • October 22, 2020 - Update re: Plan of Arrangement

  • September 30, 2020 - Update re: Dividend Litigation

  • April 23, 2020 – Update on CCAA Proceedings and Ongoing Dividend Litigation

  • May 9, 2019 - Update on Motions re Employee Hardship Fund and WEPP

  • March 26, 2019 – Vote on Proposed Plan Postponed

  • January 7, 2019 - Important Information about the Wage Earner Protection Program

  • December 7, 2018 - Reminder of Employee Hardship Fund

  • December 7, 2018 - Important Information about the Wage Earner Protection Program (“WEPP”)

  • October 18, 2018 - Receivership Motion

  • August 20, 2018 - Update re: Wage Earner Protection Plan

  • June 6, 2018 - Mediation/Distribution Update

  • June 6, 2018 - WEPP Update

  • April 30, 2018 - REMINDER: May 7, 2018 deadline for requests for correction to personal information

  • April 6, 2018 - REMINDER: April 9, 2018 Deadline for Employee Claims

  • March 26, 2018 - Update on Webinar Presentations

  • March 14, 2018 - Webinar Presentations regarding Employee Claims Procedure

  • February 27, 2018 - Court has approved employee claims process

  • February 26, 2018 - Wage Earner Protection Plan

  • February 21, 2018 - Employee and Retiree Claims Procedure Update

  • December 2017 General Update

  • December 15, 2017 - Deadline to Submit Benefit Claims with Sun Life Financial

  • December 13, 2017 - Reminder of Employee Hardship Fund

  • December 12, 2017 - Sears Motions Approved by the Court on December 8, 2017

  • October 27, 2017 - Request for Approval of Sale of Newmarket Home Store

  • October 18, 2017 - Sears Motion Approved by the Court on October 18, 2017

  • October 13, 2017 - Sears Motions Approved by the Court on October 13, 2017

  • October 5, 2017 - Sears Motions Approved by the Court on October 4, 2017

  • October 2, 2017 - Sears to Return to Court on October 4, 2017

  • August 18, 2017 - Court Approves Order for Hardship Fund for Former Sears Employees

  • August 15, 2017 - Employee Representatives Committee Seeks Court Approval of Employee Hardship Fund

  • July 26, 2017 - Who to Contact for Record of Employment Issues

  • July 20, 2017 - Update on Liquidation Sales Process Approval Motion on July 18, 2017

  • July 17, 2017 - Request for Approval of the Liquidation Process

  • July 13, 2017 – Update on Outcome of Comeback Motion on July 13, 2017

  • July 13, 2017 - Employee Representative Counsel Order is Issued by the Court on July 13, 2017

  • July 12, 2017 - Employee Representative Counsel Files Materials for the Comeback Motion

  • Update on the Comeback Motion Scheduled for July 13, 2017

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