April 24, 2023

Citizenship Canada

Impact of labour disruptions at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

As of April 17, 2023, PSAC(Public Service Alliance of Canada), the largest union in the Canadian federal government, said it would go on strike if an agreement is not reached by Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Wednesday, April 18, 2023, there is a possibility that public employees will go on strike. If that happens, it could be the largest strike against a single employer in the history of Canada. Therefore, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would experience delays in processing applications.

What services might affect you if IRCC goes on strike?

The PSAC has 60 days to strike under legal circumstances. IRCC handles applications for visitor visas, temporary residence, permanent residence, and citizenship, so about 159,000 public servants can strike, according to the union. There could be delays with several IRCC services if a strike occurs, meaning some will be partially or entirely disrupted