Members of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) began a work-to-rule strike at ports of entry across the country at 6 a.m. this morning, which is expected to drastically impact Canada’s supply chain.
While the labor action is not a full strike, the slowdown is causing long lineups and many delays for trucks at border crossings. According to the CBSA website, trucks entering Canada are waiting anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes.
Negotiations between unions and the federal government continue as CBSA personnel seek changes to working conditions and increased pay consistent with other Canadian law enforcement agencies. Union members have been without a contract since 2018.
While border officers in certain essential roles are prohibited from participating in a strike, essential duties do not include the collection of duties, taxes, fees, and fines. The strike will create significant delays for cargo clearance.