Strike Averted - August 30

From Canada Post:

Canada Post is pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The agreements will avert a work disruption, bringing much-needed certainty in the postal system for our employees and customers. Canadians can now use the postal system with confidence. This is especially important as Canadian businesses large and small are already planning for the upcoming holiday shipping season.
These agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four-year contracts negotiated in the past. The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and a growing pension obligation, are complex. This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruption. The agreements must be ratified by members.


Update - Friday August 26th

From Canada post:

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has provided Canada Post with 72-hour strike notices. This means the union will be in a legal position to commence strike action on August 28, 2016; however, this action by the union does not necessarily mean a full-scale strike will occur. Canada Post can no longer guarantee a fully operational network; therefore, we are temporarily suspending the fee for the Specified Delivery Start Date option for Neighbourhood Mail. The mailing will be delivered upon receipt until the situation returns to normal.


Update - Monday July 11th:

From Canada Post:

there will be no lockout. We also expect the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) to honour what it has said publicly on many occasions – that they wish to negotiate and have no plans to issue a strike notice.
We therefore expect mail service to continue without interruption, and we feel you can ship with us with confidence. In the event of a strike or lockout, either party has to issue a 72-hour notice and should this occur we would advise you immediately. At that time, we would work with customers to keep them informed and to prevent product from being trapped in the postal system.

Our decision to withdraw our 72-hour notice followed a statement issued by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, for both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to continue their discussions beyond the notice period. The parties now have the opportunity to focus on serious negotiations.


Update - Thursday July 7th:

From Canada Post:

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, asked both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC) to submit to binding arbitration to resolve the current impasse at negotiations. Canada Post agreed to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration as an opportunity for both parties to reach an acceptable resolution.
While negotiated settlements are always the preferred option, it has become clear that after seven months of negotiations, the parties remain far apart on key issues at the bargaining table. The uncertainty caused by the prolonged negotiations is having a severe impact on the business, our employees and our customers.
It is our hope that CUPW will consider submitting to binding arbitration to end the uncertainty. Canada Post is extending the current 72-hour notice period to Monday at 12:01 am to provide time for the union to consider this option. A quick resolution is in the best interest of our employees, our customers and the long-term future of the postal system.


Update - Tuesday July 5th:

From Canada Post:

Dear Canada Post customer,
Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC), which represent our delivery agents and plant employees.
The issuing of the notice does not necessarily mean that Canada Post will not be operating on Friday. It allows the Corporation to take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality. It is doing so by changing the terms and conditions of employment for all employees represented by the union starting Friday, July 8, 2016.
There can be no legal work disruption before 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016.
Serge Pitre
Vice-president, Sales
Canada Post Corporation

What this means is that there may be a postal strike as of Friday, July 8. If you need to submit your application to IRCC, see below for how to do so.


If there is a strike at Canada Post...

Canada Post vans By Michael Gil from Toronto, ON, Canada (Canada Post's New Fleet  Uploaded by Skeezix1000) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

by Michael Gil / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

Canada Post has an offer on the table. It is now up to the unions representing Canada’s Postal Workers to accept or reject the offer. The issues revolve around part-time and temporary workers. As well as flexible work schedules to enable 24/7 service by Canada Post.

The unions are legally prohibited from striking until July 8, 2016, the day after Canada Day. So if they reject the offer, then the earliest the mail could stop flowing is July 8. Unless there are Wild Cat Strikes and the mail stops even before July 8.


What Does this Mean For My Application?

Because the strike date is fast approaching, the best thing to avoid having your application stuck somewhere in the Canada Post system, is to consider using a courier to deliver your application.

While your PR Card or Canadian Citizenship application is sent to the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia; it is important to remember that the courier address for this office (and most IRCC offices) is NOT the same as the mailing address. If you place the Canada Post mailing address on your courier package, your package will be undeliverable.

Make sure you use the correct address for courier deliveries to CPC – Sydney:

CPC – Sydney
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5Z2

The address on the courier envelope for PR Card applications should look this:

PR Card Courier Address

For Canadian citizenship applications, use the following format for the courier address:

Case Processing Centre, Sydney
Grant Adults
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2

Remember to completely fill out your application, with supporting documentation, your payment receipt, and photographs.


We will be keeping you up to date on any further developments at Canada Post and any changes to IRCC policy with regard to applications as a result of any possible postal strike in Canada. 

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