Shipping to Canada - possible delays - UPDATES

As of November 21, 2018:

"Canada Post has been on “rotating” strikes since October 22, and Black Friday — one of the busiest online shopping days of the year — is coming up fast. Understandably, many retailers and customers are worried about whether packages will make it in time for the holidays."

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Posted October 24, 2018

"Canada Post’s rotating strike virtually shut down plant that processes two-thirds of country’s parcel delivery."

Nearly 9,000 CUPW members walked off the job in the Toronto region early Tuesday as part of rotating walkouts that began Monday to back contract demands. They remained on picket lines Wednesday and were joined by roughly 250 postal workers in Kelowna, B.C. who joined the walkout at 6 a.m. local time, Canada Post confirmed.

The job action at the giant Gateway parcel facility in Mississauga, Ont., which processes roughly two-thirds of all parcels mailed in Canada, and the South Central mail plant in the Toronto’s east end, forced delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.

Those delays were expected to continue Wednesday, although Canada Post said it would do what it could to deliver mail and parcels outside Toronto.

“Customers across the country should expect to see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton, adding the agency continues to operate across the rest of Canada and is accepting and delivering mail and parcels in all other locations.

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CUPW issues strike notice for next week

Posted on Oct. 16, 2018 by Canada Post

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has issued a strike notice, which means that they will be in a legal position to strike as early as Monday, October 22, 2018. Should rotating strike action occur, the postal service will continue to operate.

Impact to Customers
Rotating legal strikes may be isolated to one or two specific locations at a time, affecting those areas for a period of 24 hours. In that situation, Canada Post would continue to accept, process and deliver mail and parcels in all other areas. Once the temporary disruption ends, we would return to normal operations in the affected locations.

Our Commitment
Canada Post is committed to arriving at a negotiated settlement that is not only best for its customers, its employees and our path forward with CUPW, but also for every Canadian we serve. We continue to pursue that goal while making every effort to minimize the impact of any disruption on the customers who rely on us every day.