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Special Report

Canada PSAC Strike

May 2023

Limited Impact of Public Sector Strike on
Economy, but Far-Reaching Implications for CRE

Over 150,000 public sector workers staged walkout. In April, workers from the Treasury Board and the Canada Revenue Agency, both represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), participated in a legal strike after the union and the government failed to reach an agreement last year on several key labour disputes. The strike revolved around compensation, remote work arrangements, and other issues in the workplace environment. As these employees walked off the job, several key public services — including tax returns, passport renewals and immigration — were impacted with processing delays. With 250 picket lines set up across the country, this was the largest strike against any single employer in Canada’s history. 

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