August 5, 2021 – Ottawa: Food and Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC) is aware that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers are set to begin job action starting Friday, August 6. Strike activity is expected take place at all Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities, and headquarters.
Recognizing the potential impact on Canada’s supply chains, Food and Beverage Canada stresses the need for a contingency plan to be put in place to secure Canada’s food system in the event of a strike. Canada’s critical infrastructure, including the food and beverage manufacturing sector, has undergone significant strain over the past year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further disruptions will make it increasingly difficult for companies and workers to ensure the food system continues to function smoothly, and a government-led contingency plan would serve to mitigate these disruptions.
We call on the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to provide Canada’s critical infrastructure with the information they need to prepare accordingly. Food and Beverage Canada will continue to monitor the situation.