Every year, once it begins to snow, houses are decorated, and we all start to anticipate the holidays, Canadian children start writing their letters to Santa Claus.
TL;DR The Canada Post strike is expected to continue well into the holidays, leading Canadians to feel concern for the traditional Santa Claus letter program that runs each year. Letters must be delivered by December 10 to Santa, but because the union is rejecting offers for negotiation, it looks like they will not be delivered on time.
It's a tradition that's been going on for decades, and who else but Canada Post would have the honour of delivering these special letters to the North Pole on time. Last year, the postal service received over 1.6 million letters to the man in red.
This is a great way to promote Canada Post and bring some holiday cheer to thousands of children. But this year, things are going to change.
Thanks to the ongoing Canada Post strike that's been in motion since October 22, it's starting to look like the letters to Santa defintiely won't be reaching him in time for Christmas.
Right now, the postal service is relying on volunteers to keep the letters to Santa moving. But with such limited labour, major delays are likely despite assurances that children should keep sending their letters.
The letters must be delivered by December 10 at the latest, but the massive country-wide strike will likely persist well beyond that date, prompting businesses and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to beg for a quick resolution.
The holiday nightmare has caused hundreds of Canadians to take to social media platforms in search of answers as to whether or not the strike will end in time for the holidays.
Canada Post has asked for a "cooling-off" period until early next year to allow union members to get back to work in time to meet all of the holiday deadlines.
The union quickly rejected this offer. So it's official, the holidays are totally ruined this year. Good luck sending out letters to Santa as well as mailing and receiving Christmas presents.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the Canada Post strike and the holiday deadlines.