A postal strike for July 2nd, 2016 has been scheduled according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Pension and social assistance payments will continue to be delivered. But companies like Amazon, chapters.indigo.ca, Sears.ca and Staples may use alternative methods to get parcels to their customers.

Many of these companies will use courier services and will deliver parcels within certain areas through their stores. But unfortunately some will ask their customers to pick up their purchases at their local stores, which can be inconvenient if your “local” store is some distance away. And the option to have parcels delivered to local post offices under the FlexDelivery program will likely be suspended because that is a Canada Post program.

Delays are also to be expected with imports that use Canada Post. But I suspect some of the foreign retailers, like Amazon.com, will have contingency plans, although i’m guessing that Canadian eBay sellers and buyers will likely be forced to pay higher shipping costs to ship from and to Canada.

Hopefully this strike will be avoided or will be short. But I suggest that you keep an eye on your credit card and utility bills online, just in case.