Canada's government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) announced that a tentative agreement was reached on May 1 and that approximately 120,000 employees and IRCC workers return to work. The Canada federal workers' strike began April 19 and had a severe impact on immigration, erasing progress made since the backlogs caused by the global pandemic, with many Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employees on strike, and impacting processing times.
Government immigration employees returned to work on Monday, May 1, after a 12 day strike.
During the strike, IRCC held its regularly scheduled Express Entry draw on Wednesday, April 26 and invited an additional 3,500 candidates to apply for permanent residence, and maintained some online services.
PSAC workers won a 12.6% wage increase over four years, and the opportunity to continue to work remotely from home when possible, which many workers were able to do during the pandemic.
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