No jobs to be cut in Moose Jaw operation
Canada Post's efforts to slim down its operation will continue with a shift in how business is done in Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw Canada Post mailman Rob Gardner delivers mail in the Friendly City. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu
The organization is moving some of its processing operation to Regina, but according to company spokesman Eugene Knapik, no jobs will be cut at the Moose Jaw facility.
"At this point, (employees) are going to be doing other work in the same facility," he explained. "They're going to be sorting packets and parcels and dispatching containers of mail from rural offices in the area, along with some dock transfers and other tasks."
Knapik said the workforce in Moose Jaw would be reduced by attrition. As employees retire, they will not be replaced.
He said the move is reflective of similar efforts in other municipalities.
"We've been doing similar things in the past few years (in other markets). For instance, last year we moved processing for Prince Edward Island into Halifax, and Victoria into Vancouver," explained Knapik. "Customers there haven't noticed any difference. The service is effectively the same."
The changes come in the face of a handful of grim projections for Canada Post: letter volumes are down, and the organization is staring at a projected annual loss of $1 billion by 2020.
"We're trying to maximize the use of the equipment and technology we have in Regina," said Knapik. "We can do a lot more mail processing a lot quicker there mechanically than we can do manually in Moose Jaw.
"We're really trying to take advantage of that capability to process in a very cost-effective way, and because we have existing road networks going back and forth, we can move the mail and sort it very fast," he added.