Council talks possible post closure

Brett Robinson

Despite worries raised at a recent council meeting, Canada Post says they are not planning on closing the Tumbler Ridge branch of the Post office.

At a recent meeting of Council, the issue was raised as Canada Post is reviewing their services across the Country.

On May 5 of this year, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement launched the Independent Review of the Canada Post Corporation with the objective that the corporation provide quality services to meet the needs of Canadians at a reasonable price in a financially self-sustainable manner.

As part of that, Canada Post will be examining the moratorium on closing Canada Post’s in small, rural communities.  

According to a discussion paper recently released by a four-person task force, “Canada Post is prevented from closing or franchising almost 3,600 corporate post offices by the moratorium on the closure or franchising of rural post offices, commonly referred to as the ‘rural moratorium,’ which has remained unchanged since it was promulgated in 1994.

However, in the UK and Australia, corporate post offices have been converted to less costly franchises, a model which the task force recommends pursuing. “In addition to providing lower operating costs to Canada Post, franchised post offices provide more convenience by virtue of being open longer hours than corporate post offices.”

While the District’s Post Office falls into the category of rural post office, Canada Post superintendent for the Peace Region says “there will be no closure of the Tumbler Ridge office”.

In addition to the possible closure of rural post offices, other changes on the table include mail delivery every other day and working closer with private courier company Purolater to “pursue further synergies.”

The review is expected to be complete by the end of this year, with decisions, if any, to streamline the postal service, coming in spring of 2017.