Once again, Waterloo Region is putting a halt on its mailing of social assistance and other cheques.

As of Wednesday, cheques normally mailed to their recipients are instead available for pickup at the region’s community service offices on Regina Street in Waterloo and Main Street in Cambridge.

Similar arrangements were in place for the first half of July, due to concerns about a possible labour stoppage at Canada Post.

The postal agency has yet to reach a contract deal with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which has prompted the region to once again stop mailing cheques.

Cheques normally mailed to the region’s vendors for payment for services are also being kept out of the mail system, and vendors with questions are being asked to call 519-575-4400.

Vendors and social assistance recipients who normally receive direct deposit payments are not affected.

As of Wednesday evening, it appeared contract talks between Canada Post and its union had stalled, with the union accusing the postal agency of making unacceptable demands and threatening strike activity.

With files from The Canadian Press