Discounts for CUPE PEI Members

July 20, 2020

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New – Penningtons – In store and online – Save an additional 10% off regular and sale prices with ESM promo code. Currently, Penningtons has sales up to 50% off. ESM Customers will receive an additional 10% off these sales and future sales.

New – Vitamix – Various offers including save 15% off and free shipping on blenders, containers and accessories with promo code.

New – Magzter Canada – Save 50% off a Magzter Gold Membership with unlimited access to over 5,000 magazines and newspapers for only $49.99/year.

New – Earth Shoes – Save up to 50% off sale items plus an additional 15% off all items with promo code.

Chef Plate – Save 50% on your 1st box with promo code.

Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Econo Lodge & more) – Save with ESM Preferred Rates at all Choice Hotels. Check out the “Travel and Play” category on the ESM App for details about this offer and all travel discounts including additional hotels, car rentals, vacation packages and flight discounts.

CUPE PEI Exclusive Offer – Rogers – Get unlimited data, $0 down phones for only $56.25/month (while supplies last). For details, check out the “CUPE PEI Exclusive Offers” that always appear first when you tap the ESM App.

Tap the ESM App on your smart phone for details and redemption instructions for all ESM merchant offers.

To get the ESM App, go to your app store (Google or Apple) on your smart phone and search for Endless Savings & More. When you first download the app, you will be asked for the CUPE PEI “organization code”. It’s: cupepei

Email: Contact@ESMobileApp.comY

Complete a PEI Self-Declaration

Starting Friday, July 3 at 12:01 am, Atlantic Canadians, and others who have been in the region at least 14 days, may travel to Prince Edward Island without needing to self-isolate. Public health and screening measures are in place across PEI as outlined in the travel restrictions order.

For visitors from other Atlantic provinces

Visitors coming to Prince Edward Island will need to complete the self-declaration form (see link below) including the following information:

  • Atlantic Canadian residence
  • Arrival and departure date and contact information
  • Travelers’ names
  • Health declaration
Be prepared for travelling delays at entry points to PEI due to processing during periods of heavy traffic.

What do I need to travel to Prince Edward Island?

For efficient processing, permanent Atlantic Canadian residents are asked to complete the self-declaration form at least one to two days in advance of arriving at a PEI entry point. Travelers will be asked to present two pieces of personal identification with proof of residence, one of which must include photo identification, as well as a series of health screening questions.

1. Personal government-issued ID for each member of the travelling party.

Graphic icon of IDs

2. One copy of the Preview page (page 3) of this online form per travelling party or vehicle. Be sure to print this page before submitting the form.

Screen shot of PEI Self-Declaration Travel Form Summary page - Atlantic Travel Bubble

3. One print copy of Submission ID per travelling party or vehicle that you will receive after completing the form online.

Screen shot of PEI Self-Declaration Travel Form Submission ID page - Atlantic Travel Bubble

If you are not a permanent resident of Atlantic Canada, you must complete the self-declaration form at least one to two days in advance of arriving at a PEI entry point and present two pieces of personal identification, as illustrated, above PLUS:

4. Acceptable documentation to prove that you have physically been in Atlantic Canada for the last 14 days or more. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • airplane ticket; or
  • accommodation receipt with your name on it; or
  • a notarized letter; or
  • a combination of receipts for purchases in the Atlantic Provinces proving physical presence for at least 14 days.

iStock graphic of notarized letter

If you cannot provide this information, you must follow the Pre-Travel Approval Process

Arriving to PEI entry points without proper documentation will result in delays. A paper version of this form is available at entry points for those that do not have Internet access.

When should I complete this online form?

Complete one (1) form per vehicle or travelling party. Travellers to PEI are asked to complete this online form one to two days prior to your arrival once you have confirmation of your travel dates and the names of all individuals who will make up your travel party. Once this form is submitted, any changes to your travel plans could result in a delay.

What public health measures are in place once I enter PEI?

Public health measures must be maintained at all of your points of interest while visiting Prince Edward Island. Everyone, including seasonal residents, should practice physical distancing, regular hand washing, staying home if feeling unwell, and contacting a primary care provider or calling 8-1-1 to discuss COVID-19 testing if  experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Tips for a successful online submission:

  1. Use as Chrome as your Internet browser.
  2. Any section of the online form marked with * is a required field and must be completed.
  3. The declaration, within the web form, is to be completed by a parent or guardian and covers any dependant(s) or minor(s) traveling in the party. A person must be 18 years-old to make this declaration. If you are a solo traveler under the age of majority, you must have a parent or guardian make this declaration on your behalf.
  4. Keep a printed copy of the Preview page and the Submission ID (example: 34123).
It is an offence to knowingly provide false or misleading information, either orally or in writing, to a public health official under the Public Health Act. An offence could result in a ticket of $1,000.

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Understanding Loss

As with all Canadians across our country, our hearts go out to those affected by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Nova Scotia over the weekend. The flags at the Public Administration Buildings are appropriately at half-mast today, in honour of those lives lost.

As we move through this COVID-19 Pandemic, resources and websites are circulating through your employer, on the news and social media, which we hope, you can take advantage of.  Many are inspiring, motivational and helpful in offering ideas around coping.  Everyone is different, so it is helpful to have a range of resources from which to choose.

Thankfully, we have not yet had to deal with any deaths related to COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. Still, we would like to call your attention to the concept of grief and loss as it relates to the loss of how our lives used to be.

We can experience grief reactions in situations other than death.  It may be helpful to have this framework to validate and understand some reactions you may be experiencing. We have lost the regular routine of our lives and everyday activities, which we have all accepted as predictable and normal.  Predictability, routine, and structure provide us with safety and security. Our safety and security become unsettled during times of unpredictable change.

It is ok if you are not ok.

While it is still very important for us to put things in perspective and be grateful for the small things in life, it is also equally important to acknowledge and validate our feelings associated with grief and loss. Those feelings can be denial, sadness, loneliness, anger, frustration, impatience, and anxiety. They are reasonable, and they are to be expected. We have attached some resources, which may be helpful around this theme.

We also want to inform you about a free online mindfulness training for Islanders. The Government of PEI and Health PEI have partnered with Mindwell-U, a Canadian health-tech firm, to offer a mindfulness training opportunity. Check it out through the following links below.

EAP continues to be a resource to you if you think it might be helpful to have some support.  We are providing telephone counselling and suggestions around helpful resources.


Contact Information:


Employee Assistance Program

40B Burns Avenue

Charlottetown, PE C1E 1H7

Telephone: (902)368-5738, Toll Free: 1-800-239-3826

Fax: (902) 368-5737





CUPE Negotiations paused in NB and PEI

Charlottetown (PEI) & Fredericton (NB), March 18, 2020 – In order to focus all resources to fight the COVID-19 crisis, CUPE is halting bargaining for all CUPE locals in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

“Collective agreement bargaining meetings, membership meeting, ratification and strike votes will all be postponed until April 3, 2020, in both provinces,” said Simon Ouellette, CUPE Communications Representative for NB and PEI.

CUPE will reassess the situation and send information to members on April 4, 2020.

“We hope government will want to resume collective agreement negotiations when the situation is firmly under control,” said Ouellette.

CUPE takes the precautions required by the authorities seriously.

“We will act proactively to protect the health and safety of workers and the public,” concluded Ouellette.