Richard Truscott – Vice President of the Canadian Foundation of Independent Business for BC and Alberta said that an extended Canada Post strike will greatly hurt thousands of BC independent businesses.
He said that two thirds of the members of CFIB in BC use Canada Post to send more than twenty pieces of mail per month, and that more than half of their member use Canada Post to pay their bills via cheque. He said that financial transactions coming in on time are the back-bone of a small business, and that it disrupts their ability to pay their workers.
There are roughly 10,000 businesses signed up as a CFIB member in BC, so around 5000 small businesses are currently depending on Canada Post to pay for their financial transactions. He said that those businesses need to pay for their orders on time or face late fees, fines or late product shipments. He said an extended Canada Post strike would be highly disruptive to the day-to-day operations of small businesses.