Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 28, 2011 15:45 ET

Regular Mail Delivery of Employment Insurance Cheques

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - As a result of the Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act having received Royal Assent, postal operations resumed at 8:30 p.m. EDT, June 27, 2011. This means that regular mail delivery begins on June 28, 2011.

Employment Insurance (EI) recipients who receive their benefits by mail and whose cheques were issued between June 10 and 22, 2011, will be able to pick up their cheques in person at Service Canada Centres or alternate distribution centres until close of business Wednesday, June 29th, at which point they will be mailed. EI recipients can find out where and how to pick up their cheques by clicking on "Locate your EI cheque" at Cheques printed after June 22 will be mailed as usual for normal mail delivery.

"We would like to thank Canadians for their patience and understanding throughout the period of postal disruption. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians receive their benefits on time and with as little inconvenience as possible," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "We encourage people who have not already signed up for direct deposit to visit the Service Canada website and enrol for this service."

Direct deposit is the standard way of delivering payments to Canadians; it is secure, convenient and reliable. With direct deposit, EI, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security payments are deposited automatically into a recipient's bank account.

For more information, please visit, or call 1 800 O-Canada.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office