Canada Post may be entering a lockout starting on July 8th, 2016 as the postal service and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have not come to an agreement on their contract. How will this affect you?
Can I send mail?
In the case of a lockout, Canada Post offices will not be accepting or delivering your mail.
What will be delivered?
Essential benefits such as child tax benefits, disability benefits, Old Age Security Pension, Canada Pension Plan benefits and benefits for veterans will be delivered on the 20th of the month, which may be earlier than usual in some cases. The Government of Canada encourages recipients of benefits to enroll in direct deposit to avoid any impacts from the lockout.
To learn details or to find out more about how other government services are affected (e.g. Employment Insurance, Canadian Passport, Labour Market Impact Assessment applications, Canada Student loans), please visit: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/comm/vedette-features/2016-06-30-00-eng.html
What about my bills?
If there is a lockout, you still have to pay your bills on time even if you don’t receive them in the mail. It is advised that you contact your utilities provider to set up electronic bills and use online payment.
Students applying to university
Some schools can send your transcripts electronically, while some schools still use mail. If you are a student applying to university, you should check with your school to learn the best way to have your transcripts delivered on time.