With a potential Canada Post Strike looming, the government of Saskatchewan and City of Regina have contingency plans in place.
The Ministry of Social Services has plans to make sure important cheque payments are available to clients and service providers. The government says most monthly cheques mailed on June 23 or earlier should miss any postal disruption.
These include monthly cheques for the following ministry programs:
• Saskatchewan Assistance Program;
• Transitional Employment Allowance;
• Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability;
• Child and Family Programs; and
• Community Living (Family Respite, Approved Private-Service Homes, Cognitive Disability Strategy).
Most of the payments to the ministry are made through direct deposit. Clients, caregivers, service providers and vendors who do not receive payments through direct deposit will be able to pick up cheques at ministry service centres throughout the province until the risk of a service disruption at Canada Post has ended.
Clients and service providers are asked to check www.saskatchewan.ca/postal-strike after June 30, 2016, for more information, including cheque pickup locations and dates. Clients are encouraged to wait until June 30, 2016, before contacting their worker about delayed payments.
Ministry clients and service providers who still receive printed cheques are asked to consider switching to direct deposit to avoid these types of disruptions in the future.
Meanwhile, the City of Regina has been clear that if there is a postal-service disruption, it’s just business as usual. A note from the City says residents are responsible for making their payments on time.
They ask residents not to send payments by mail, but by internet banking or in person at Service Regina on the main floor of City Hall. There is also a Payment Drop Box located outside the front of City Hall that is accessible 24 hours a day.
The City would like to remind residents that parking tickets can also be paid online.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for Utlility eBill to view their account balances and activity.