Workers at Canada Border Services Agency ratify tentative agreement for more than 9,000 workers

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) members working at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying their tentative agreement, with 91% of ballots cast in favour of the new contract. A nationwide ratification vote took place June 20 through July 4.

Over 9,000 workers at the CBSA won a wage increase that exceeds recent increases to other Canadian law enforcement agencies, enhanced protections relative to technological changes, and better provisions for shift scheduling and leave.

The four-year collective agreement expires on June 20, 2026.

“Today, we celebrate our members who showed unwavering commitment and solidarity to reach the best possible contract for workers,” said PSAC National President Sharon DeSousa. “This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”

“I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over that past two years of negotiations,” said Mark Weber, CIU National President. “We would not have achieved this agreement without the strength and support shown by thousands of members across the country who took action to support our bargaining team.”

Next Steps 

In the coming weeks, PSAC will meet with Treasury Board and CBSA representatives to sign the new contract. All non-monetary terms of the collective agreement will come into effect immediately after signing. 

Treasury Board and CBSA have 180 days from the date of signing the new collective agreement to raise the pay according to the new rates and provide retroactive pay for the time elapsed since the expiry of the previous contract. 



July 4, 2024