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NEWS RELEASE · 27th June 2011
Ministry of Social Development
Now that Canada Post is back to work, the Ministry of Social Development is mailing out the cheques it held back from distribution during the postal disruption.

Cheques to be mailed include direct rent payments to landlords and direct utilities payments for people on income assistance, and also payments for families who receive financial assistance through the Child in the Home of a Relative (CIHR) program.

In addition, all other ministry mail held during the work stoppage, including ministry bus passes and reconsideration decisions, will also be placed in the mail.

These cheques and other mail items should be delivered via Canada Post starting tomorrow, Tuesday June 28. Canada Post has guaranteed these sorts of items will be its priority for delivery.

Recognizing there will be a backlog of mail as a result of the postal disruption, the ministry hopes landlords, utilities and others will be accommodating and understanding should cheques not arrive in time for July 1.

The ministry encourages anyone with questions or concerns to call our toll-free line at 1-866-866-0800.
And if they are not?
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 28th June 2011
And what if they are not understanding? Because if they haven't arrived by thursday then we are looking bare minimum the 4th. And if mail is slower than that... people can lose their housing?

This was NOT the smartest choice. If you gave the rent to the clients IN the landlord's names on cheque issue day they could have ensured their rents were paid. If not it is THEIR fault, otherwise it's yours.

Will the ministry be paying for moving costs of those whog et evicted for non-payment?