An overtime restriction is now in place on sailings on Kootenay Lake until further notice. As a result, customers of Kootenay Lake ferries should prepare for unexpected sailing cancellations over the coming weeks. We aim to update this site as soon as possible. Please review the following for current delays or cancellations.
Saturday September 21: Due to staffing shortages, we are unable to meet safe sailing requirements on the Kootenay Lake ferry from Balfour after 3:00 pm. The last sailing on Saturday will be 1:10 pm from Balfour and 2:00 pm from Kootenay Bay Terminal.
Sunday September 22: Due to staffing shortages, we are unable to meet safe sailing requirements on the Kootenay Lake ferry from Balfour after 3:00 pm. The last sailing on Sunday will be 1:10 pm from Balfour and 2:00 pm from Kootenay Bay Terminal.
As per the essential service order by the Labour Relations Board, all ferries on Kootenay Lake will remain available for limited school or emergency-related transportation including medical emergencies. To meet the needs of those priority groups, three sailings per day (Monday-Friday only) will be provided at 6:30 am, 8:10 am and 4:30 pm. General public access on those three sailings will only be available as space permits after the priority groups have loaded. The overtime ban does not affect these three sailings.
Additional weekday sailings, and weekend sailings, will be available as scheduled unless overtime is required. Anytime we can staff the vessel without overtime, it will be in full operation.
The union remains in a legal strike position and could choose to expand job action if the employer remains unwilling to negotiate fair contracts.
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