A 2014 Supreme Court of Canada ruling in a case involving the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour asserted the right to strike for most public sector employees including, as it happens, academic staff at post-secondary institutions, and set a time limit for provinces to amend legislation that had incorrectly denied the right to strike to employees (and, by the way, right to lockout for employers). This deadline is looming in Alberta (happening in spring of the coming year) and so the provincial government has undertaken to amend the Post-Secondary Learning Act to come into compliance with the SCC ruling.
This is a profound shift in labour relations for CARI institutions since academic staff have waived strike rights for the past forty-some years in favour of adopting an alternate dispute resolution in the form of binding arbitration. This change will also grant strike rights to colleges and institutes that have up until now been legislatively precluded from striking. Any shift in labour relations of this magnitude will need to be handled delicately and with due consideration for mitigating labour unrest.