Last Updated on May 1, 2023
This article was originally published on 19 April 2023 and was updated on 1 May 2023 to reflect the latest information.
Canadian Government Agreement with the Public Sector Alliance to End Worker Strike as of 1 May 2023:
The government of Canada reached a tentative agreement with the Public Sector Alliance of Canada on 1 May 2023. The agreement signals the end of the 12-day strike between workers in certain federal public-sector roles, including workers from the immigration department (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
The agreement will result in a federal-public sector wage increase of around 11.5% over the next four years, with an additional 0.5% increase for group-specific allowances in the third year of a work contract, along with other work improvements. According to the announcement, these measures will help workers maintain better wages in the face of countrywide inflation. For additional information on the wage increases, check here.
Despite negotiations and the resumption of work for workers from the IRCC and ESDC, application processing delays are expected.
- Canada has confirmed strike actions that will impact IRCC and other immigration-related government offices and services, resulting in further delays in processing applications
The Canadian government has confirmed that the Public Sector Alliance of Canada, which includes workers from the immigration department (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), is on strike as of 19 April 2023.
As a result of this strike action, several government services are affected, which will negatively impact the already backlogged processing of applications by IRCC and ESDC.
IRCC has confirmed that the following services will remain available:
- The online application filing system will continue to function;
- Visa Application Centers (VACs) outside of Canada;
- Mail-in applications to IRCC.
However, the following services will be partially or fully disrupted:
- Immigration application processing will be delayed;
- In-person appointments or events including citizenship ceremonies;
- Contacting the IRCC via email, phone or social media;
- Consular citizenship and passport services;
- Passport services in Canada, including new passports and renewals;
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program, including those that require a labor market assessment (LMIA).
As such, this strike action will result in delays in processing applications, as well as increased backlogs in the systems. For further information on disrupted services, check here.
What are the Changes?
The government of Canada has confirmed strike actions that will impact IRCC and other immigration-related government offices and services. The Canadian government acknowledged the valuable contributions of public servants and intends to negotiate with union officials to quickly reach an agreement that provides necessary wage increases to employees.
Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.
Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.