Canada Post downsizing through attrition
Canada Post is losing money, and changes must be made.
Moose Jaw Canada Post mailman Rob Gardner delivers mail in the Friendly City. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu
"The Conference Board of Canada announced in April that if we didn't make changes to our system now, we'd be in a deficit position, with a $1 billion loss per year, by 2020," said John Caines, a spokesperson for Canada Post. "Our whole system is changing right now, and has been changing for the past few years."
Caines said those changes for Moose Jaw primarily involve the restructuring of Canada Post delivery routes and operations.
"We have to adjust our work force to the workload, basically," he explained. "Our volumes are down incredibly. Between 2006 and 2012, we're down one billion pieces (of mail). That's significant."
In response to the dramatic decrease in the volume of mail handled, Canada Post has been changing delivery routes, which Caine said are typically measured in units of time — with a full route requiring a full eight hours of work.
As a result, some routes have become longer in terms of physical distance. Other routes, which may include apartment or retail blocks, have actually been shortened.
Moose Jaw's post office had six vacancies due to retirements prior to the restructuring of routes. After the restructuring, it had to fill 1.5 of those vacancies.
The company will continue to downsize through attrition where necessary, Caines said.
"We have a workforce that is aging. We know that in the next few years, a lot of our people will be retiring," he said. "Where we need those people to be replaced, they will be. When we don't ... they won't be."