The Special Needs Project is a one-of-a-kind program that provides information, resources and financial support to help reduce the emotional, physical and financial stresses on families with children who have special needs. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers launched the project in 1996 after a union-sponsored study found that parents who have children with disabilities face more barriers to workforce participation than others.
The project provides eligible Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Union of Postal Employees-Public Service Alliance of Canada members with:
A "Special need" refers to a disability, delay or health disorder that requires on-going assistance and support, and/or extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age. The child's special need results in a significant increase to the financial, emotional and physical stress on the family.
Contact the Special Needs Project staff at 1-800-840-5465 or at
Members who qualify for the project will receive a New Member Package. The package includes documents that must be filled out and returned to the project office. A "Verification of Diagnosis" from a medical practitioner must be submitted as part of the required documentation. You might already have this document on file, or your medical practitioner can use the form provided in the New Member Package.
You will also be assigned and contacted by a Special Needs Advisor, who will conduct a more in-depth interview.
The project is funded out of the Child Care Fund negotiated by CUPW and by UPCE-PSAC in their respective collective agreements with Canada Post Corporation. The corporation provides the funding according to the amounts specified in the collective agreements. CUPW co-ordinates the funds for both unions.
A description of the Child Care Fund can be found in Appendix L (CUPW Urban Operations Collective Agreement) and Appendix H (UPCE-PSAC Collective Agreement).