OTTAWA, JUNE 5, 2024 – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is sounding the alarm regarding a possible Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) strike. Labour action, which could begin as early as Friday, June 7 if the union and government do not reach an agreement, would affect the $3.1 billion in manufactured goods crossing our borders each day, both import and export.

While many CBSA workers are deemed essential and must continue to offer services during a strike, work-to-rule actions could cause significant delays, disruptions and costs for Canadian manufacturers.

Job action would slow down commercial traffic at the border and ports of entry, impacting international travel, mail and parcel deliveries, and disrupting the collection of duties and taxes on goods entering Canada. In short, a strike would be massively disruptive to any commercial traffic and business travel for manufacturers.


  • Canada’s economic well-being is heavily reliant on trade, with goods exports accounting for one-quarter of the country’s GDP.
  • Manufacturers also rely on imports of certain key raw materials and intermediate inputs to create their final products, so any disruption in the supply chain can significantly impact production schedules, increase costs, and potentially lead to delays in meeting customer demands.
  • In 2023, merchandise exports totaled $767 billion, while imports came in at $754 billion, implying two-way trade of $1.5 trillion.

For these reasons, CME is calling on all parties to find a resolution as soon as possible.

“We are very concerned about the impacts that another critical supply chain disruption, this time at CBSA, will have on manufacturers. Extended delays will disrupt operations and production schedules, harming manufacturers, and their workers.” Says Dennis Darby, CME President & CEO.  “Once again, manufacturers are being held hostage from circumstances outside their control. Labour-related disruptions impacting the transport of goods are no longer the exception and becoming the rule. We need the federal government to take a proactive approach to preventing these disruptions and protecting manufacturing access to critical supply chain infrastructure.”

About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.

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Jane Taber
Vice President, Public Affairs
NATIONAL Public Relations
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