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Enjoy your mail service while it lasts, Canada.

With labour tensions looming at Canada Post, companies and individuals across the country are preparing for a possible lockout. The Crown corporation has extended its lockout notice to July 11, but there are no signs of a coming resolution. Here’s everything you need to know if mail service stops next week.

Can I still drop off mail?

No. Canada Post will not be accepting mail or parcels of any kind in the event of a lockout.

Will anything be delivered?

The only thing that will continue to be delivered are mail items deemed essential by the Canadian government (child tax benefits, Canada Pension Plan benefits, etc.). Otherwise, no. It will be a complete standstill.

What if I’ve already sent something and the lockout starts before it arrives?

If you have a mail item that is still in transit when lockout procedures begin, Canada Post will hold and secure your item and will deliver it “as quickly as possible” once operations resume.

Am I still expected to pay my bills on time?

Unless the company has explicitly told you otherwise, than yes. You are still expected to pay all of your bills on time. Most companies recommend looking into their pre-authorized payment options, so that you can skip the mail portion altogether.

What about online shopping? Will the dress I just ordered arrive?

Maybe. It depends on the company you purchased the dress from. Different companies rely on different courier services. If the one you purchased your dress from does business with Canada Post, it might be a while before you get your item. But as we mentioned earlier, some companies have already made arrangements with alternative companies. The best way to be sure is to contact the retailer directly.

What if my employer pays me through cheques sent in the mail?

Whether your cheque arrives or not could depend on what mail service your employer does business with. The safest way to ensure you still get paid is to setup direct deposit. If you happen to collect EI, you can do that right here.

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