Canada Post Strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the union representing Canada Post mail carriers, is holding rotating strikes at various locations throughout the country as labour negotiations continue between the union and Canada Post.

This labour disruption poses a challenge for businesses, particularly small businesses, many of whom rely on Canada Post for parcel shipping, and for mailing invoices and receiving payments. Despite an increasing shift towards digital, there is still a significant need for a reliable postal service from the business community, and the uncertainly caused by drawn-out labour negotiations is unacceptable.

Any disruption, even limited rotating strikes, is very concerning and the Burnaby Board of Trade is engaging with the Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough and calling for a speedy end to this labour dispute, and calling for consideration of future reforms which maintain direct service to the business community while supporting Canada Post’s long-term viability.

“These negotiations have been going on since late 2017, and businesses have been in a state of limbo for a couple of months now wondering what is going to happen and if a strike will occur,” says Paul Holden, President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade.  “Our businesses value the postal service and rely on efficient and reliable service to get their products out the door and to accept payments. I know of many businesses scrambling to sort out alternatives for their invoicing and shipping when they should instead be focusing on growing their businesses. It’s time to bring this to a resolution.”

For latest updates on the strike action, the most current information is available on this page.

As an alternative to Canada Post for delivery, the BBOT has negotiated heavily discounted rates for members with UPS, up to 40% off.  For information on this, contact Marisol Sanchez at marisol@bbot.ca   The BBOT also has several member couriers who can address your shipping and delivery needs which you can access here.