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How Canadians Have Been Affected by the PSAC Strike So Far

Abdur Rahman Khan

As perhaps of the biggest strike in Canadian history hits day six, Canadians and organizations who need admittance to government administrations keep on ending up confronted with disturbances with no thought when the a great many community workers who strolled off the gig will continue their obligations.

More than 155,000 federal public servants have reported to the picket line since the strike was declared on April 19 by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). It has an impact on everything from passport processing to Employment Insurance claims, tax returns, and the agricultural sector. Some of the effects that have been felt by Canadians thus far are listed below.

Application for a Passport In an interview with Global News’ “The West Block” on April 23, minister of families, children, and social development Karina Gould advised Canadians not to apply for a new passport or renew an existing one.

Gould advised host Eric Sorensen, “My best advice to Canadians is not to make that application right now because it just simply will not be processed.”

According to the minister, the nation receives between 20,000 and 25,000 passport applications per day. At the point when the strike started off last Wednesday, handling hit absolute bottom.

“For the principal day of the strike, Visa Canada was simply ready to deal with 500 applications since those were 500 that were viewed as dire or fundamental,” she said.

Gould says that applications that are considered “essential” include those that are traveling for work, seeking international medical care, or on compassionate grounds.

According to the minister’s statement in the interview, Service Canada will operate in a “reduced capacity” despite the fact that services for the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Social Insurance Numbers, and Old Age Security are deemed essential.

The Canada Income Organization (CRA) isn’t wanting to defer its expense cutoff times despite the fact that north of 39,000 of its workers have joined the strike.

In an email to The Epoch Times on April 19, CRA spokesperson Adam Blondin stated, “There are no plans to extend the T1 tax filing deadlines, as a potential strike in no way impedes the ability of Canadians to file their taxes electronically or on paper.”

“Canadians should take steps to ensure that their return and payment of any owed balance are filed by May 1, 2023.”

The agency did not immediately respond to the question of whether business owners will be able to file their T2 taxes after June 15, which is the current deadline for incorporated businesses.

When compared to paper filing, the typical processing time for electronic filing is eight weeks. Since many CRA services are “expected to be delayed or unavailable,” particularly those filed on paper, if the strike continues, it will affect more taxpayers.

Agriculture The strike has also had an effect on grain inspections, which could hurt Canadian farmers’ profits and exports.

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) informed The Epoch Times via email on April 24 that over 140 grain inspectors, or 65% of the organization’s workforce, are currently on strike.

Rémi Gosselin, manager of corporate information services at CGC, wrote, “[P]rovision of official inspection and certification of grain exports is significantly impacted.”

He added that contingency plans were being developed to guarantee that managers and other employees who were not on strike would be able to continue the inspections that were necessary to maintain market access.

The Wheat Growers Association, based in Calgary, stated in an April 19 press release that farmers expect to pay for inputs for this year’s crops by shipping out the last of their 2022 crops.

“A strike causing an easing back or stoppage of grain development from Canadian ports will hugely affect the whole grain industry, particularly ranchers,” it said.

“Any disruption in the supply chain will also result in a backlog of vessels that are currently en route to Canadian ports, resulting in additional penalties for the industry that will be incurred even after a strike is resolved.”

Gunter Jochum, leader of the affiliation, said the effect will be felt by purchasers ultimately.

He stated in the press release that “a stoppage would be devastating to the industry and ultimately to consumers.”

This report was helped along by the Canadian Press.

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