Canada Post work stoppage: what do Nova Scotians need to know?
Though the situation changes almost day-to-day, a Canada Post work stoppage is still looming — meaning at any point this month, letters and packages could stop showing up at your door.
The government of Nova Scotia says it’s prepared, and advising residents to also be ready, for the possibility of a postal work stoppage.
Things you need to keep in mind:
- Nova Scotians are responsible for all financial obligations to the government.
- Access Nova Scotia Centres and some government offices will be the primary spots for Nova Scotians looking to drop off provincial government mail starting Monday.
- Anyone expecting government cheques should contact the department issuing the cheque to check status.
- Clients of the Department of Community Services should contact caseworkers or other staff they may deal with to get information on where to get their cheques.
- Call 1-800-670-4357 (toll-free) to find the mail delivery location closest to you.
- Those using direct deposit to receive payments or benefits won’t be affected.
A list of all the locations where government cheques or mail can be picked up or dropped off across Nova Scotia can be found here.
Most government offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Starting Tuesday, Access Nova Scotia locations will extend their hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 7 p.m.
After a weekend of back-and-forth between both Canada Post and the union that represents its 50,000 postal workers, Canada Post pulled back its lockout notice on Sunday evening. It would have gone into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET.
The two disputing sides are now back at the bargaining table to try to come up with a solution and avoid an interruption in postal service across the country.
The Crown corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are at odds over issues of employee pension plans and wage parity.
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