PSAC Announces Strike: What You Need to Know About the Impact on Government Services | L'AFPC annonce une grève : Ce qu'il faut savoir sur l'impact sur les services gouvernementaux
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is a union that represents more than 155,000 federal government employees across Canada. The union has announced a strike due to unresolved contract negotiations with the federal government.
Here is what we know at this time:
Canada Revenue Agency
Approximately 39,000 workers at Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are on strike. While there are no plans to extend tax filing deadlines, CRA will continue to accept all tax returns. Some programs such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will continue to operate as well without interruption.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
There is expected to be significant delays for processing applications, in-person appointments and citizenship ceremonies, passport services and contacting the department. This could be impactful on the labour market as businesses are already facing labour shortages across Atlantic Canada
Supply Chains and the Border
Border services are expected to be maintained for the time being as the majority of Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) workers will not be going on strike. CBSA expects that there will not be any interruptions. Supply chains may experience interruptions in some specific sectors, such as agriculture. There is a potential that food security may be impacted by the strike.
Passport services are currently considered non-essential, resulting in a suspension of application processing and renewal services. Exceptions are made for individuals facing emergency or humanitarian circumstances.
For more information on services potentially impacted by the strike, click here (CTV News information).
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