BRACEBRIDGE - Mail going from one Bracebridge address to another will now be taking a 300-kilometre side trip to be sorted in Toronto.
There will be no job loss and no change to the two-day delivery
model the town has — Canada Post
Until now, the job of organizing local letters has taken place in Bracebridge, but beginning March 18 Canada Post is making the change.
Opponents of the move in neighbouring communities have said it will cause significant delays for the delivery of local mail and is an inefficient use of resources.
But Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith said he communicated with Canada Post in January and they assured him there would be no job loss and no change to the two-day delivery model the town currently has.
John Caines, spokesman with Canada Post, said the organization is making changes to the way it operates to remain viable as mail trends change.
“We’re taking advantage of the capacity that we have in the larger facilities and the high-speed sorting equipment that’s there,” Caines said. “It just makes sense. It’s a good business decision.”
Local Canada Post employees have job security said Caines.
“The employees, there’s no issue there, they’ll be reassigned to other duties and the mail will continue to be delivered as it is today.”
When asked if there would be an eventual loss of jobs by attrition, he said he could not comment on the future.
Caines said the only visible change customers will see is in the mailboxes themselves. Currently, there is a twin mailbox system where local mail goes in one box and the rest goes into the other box. All mail will now go into one box.
The mail going out of town was already sorted in Toronto, so the local mail will now be added to the daily trips of the trucks travelling between the two facilities. Caines said there will not be extra trips between regions, so there will not be a larger ecological cost to the system.
“The truck will now be going to pick up the rest of it, which is probably less than 20 per cent, at the same time by the same truck going to Toronto. It will be sorted and brought back the next day and delivered within our standards of two business days for local delivery,” Caines said.
Many in the region have been skeptical that moving the sorting process will not have an effect on service delivery.
In Parry Sound, the town sent out a notice warning ratepayers that delivery of local mail may take up to a week to reach its destination. That town has officially come out in opposition to Canada Post’s plan.
No such action has been taken in Bracebridge. Smith says as long as there is no local job loss or change in service he understands Canada Post’s position.
“On a corporate level, we have to understand the challenges Canada Post is having,” he said.
Caines said with letter volume down 25 per cent they have to make changes to keep the system viable.