Canada Post

Postal Strike Information

It appears that the Conservative government is planning of tabling back to work legislation to end the postal strike that started today.

Canada Post had decided to lock out their employees and now mail service to and from the urban centers has stopped.

Mail is no longer being accepted, collected or distributed in most Canadian cities except for select government issued cheques. But some smaller communities may still recieve mail because their postal services are handled by the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, thought it should be noted that they will not accept mail from customers.

Canada Post‘s e-Post site is still up and running so you can get your bills from that service or online directly from the businesses you deal with.

BTW, some retailers do offer alternative shipping methods to their Canadian customers.

The following Canadian retailers offer an option to ship to their local stores :

Bestbuy.ca
Futureshop.ca
www.sears.ca
thesource.ca

The following Canadian retailers offer courier shipping :

chapters.indigo.ca (Greater Toronto Area)
Sony Style Canada (Major Cities/By Appointment)
Tigerdirect.ca – FREE SHIPPING* on selected PC Deals at TigerDirect!

Amazon.ca has stated that alternative shipping methods will be made available. But delays in regards to sellers that use Canada Post are to be expected.

It should be noted that Amazon.com do offer courier service regularily to Canadians.

They use DHS Global Mail for Standard and Expedited Shipping, and UPS or DHL for Priority Shipping. BUT shipments valued above $20 Canadian may incur importation fees, which in this case would be administed by the courier, in addition to the standard duties and taxes.

International shipments valued at less than $20 are not subject to duties, taxes or importation fees because of the Low Value Shipment (LVS) process at the Canadian Border Services Agency, with some restrictions.

Additional information in regards to the possible alternatives will be added to this blog entry a.s.a.p. You can also keep track of the strike using these two links :

Canada Post Updates / Canadian Union Of Postal Workers

Canada Post Reduces Deliveries

In response to the lack of mail traffic, Canada Post has decided to reduce deliveries in urban centers to three per week. Mail will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Postal Strike To Begin on June 2nd

Canada Post has issued a statement in regards to having recieved a 72 hour notice from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

A postal strike is scheduled for 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2011. But some retailers do offer alternatives.

The following Canadian retailers offer an option to ship to their local stores :

Bestbuy.ca
Futureshop.ca
www.sears.ca
thesource.ca

The following Canadian retailers offer courier shipping :

chapters.indigo.ca (Greater Toronto Area)
Sony Style Canada (Major Cities/By Appointment)
Tigerdirect.ca – FREE SHIPPING* on selected PC Deals at TigerDirect!

There is a possibility that Amazon.ca might use courier services like UPS or possibly DHL for some of their domestic shipments durring the strike but there is no news in regards to this possibility on their web site yet.

It should be noted that Amazon.com do offer courier service regularily to Canadians.

They use DHS Global Mail for Standard and Expedited Shipping, and UPS or DHL for Priority Shipping. BUT shipments valued above $20 Canadian may incur importation fees, which in this case would be administed by the courier, in addition to the standard duties and taxes.

International shipments valued at less than $20 are not subject to duties, taxes or importation fees because of the Low Value Shipment (LVS) process at the Canadian Border Services Agency, with some restrictions.

Additional information in regards to possible alternatives and the strike will be added to this blog as we near the strike date.

No Postal Strike On May 25th

Canada Post as released an update in regards to the postal strike that was scheduled for May 25th, 2011.

There will be no strike action on that day and negotiations are still underway.

UPDATE : Please read the latest blog entries for updates on the postal strike and alternative shipping options.

Canada Post Strike Alternatives

It appears that a strike at Canada Post may be possible as of May 25th, 2011. But, there are alternatives. Some Canadian retailers ship to local stores while others use courier services.

The following Canadian retailers offer an option to ship to their local stores :

Bestbuy.ca
Futureshop.ca
www.sears.ca
thesource.ca

The following Canadian retailers offer courier shipping :

chapters.indigo.ca (Greater Toronto Area)
Sony Style Canada (Major Cities/By Appointment)
Tigerdirect.ca – FREE SHIPPING* on selected PC Deals at TigerDirect!

UPDATE : Please read the latest blog entries for updates on the postal strike and alternative shipping options.