The Canadian government and its largest public sector union, Public Service Alliance of Canada, have reached a tentative labor agreement, ending the national strike for the vast majority of public service workers.

Key Points:

  • As of May 1, those working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada; Canada Border Services Agency; and Passport Canada have returned to work.
  • Government employees had been on strike since April 19, causing widespread delays to services provided by the Canadian government.
  • Those in need of passport renewals should continue to expect delays.

BAL Analysis: While the strike has ended, some immigration services may still be delayed. Employers and employees should work to submit immigration applications as soon as possible to minimize delays and the negative impacts of the labor strike.

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