Canada’s largest public sector union, Public Service Alliance of Canada, began a labor strike Wednesday, causing disruptions in many government-provided services.

Key Points:

  • As of April 19, many government services provided by the Canadian government are delayed, including immigration services provided by:
    • Canada Border Services Agency.
    • Employment and Social Development Canada.
    • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
    • Passport Canada.
  • Individuals who are traveling to Canada should expect delays and longer wait times at all ports of entry.
  • Those in need of passport renewals should expect delays.
  • PSAC has yet to provide information on how long the strike will last.

Additional Information: More information regarding what services are specifically impacted is available here.

BAL Analysis: While immigration services are still available at this time, employers and employees should work to submit immigration applications as soon as possible to minimize delays and the negative impacts of the labor strike. Those who are traveling to Canada should expect delays when entering the country. BAL will continue to monitor the labor strike and will provide more information as it is made available.

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