Canada Post modernization plan brings minor changes to Old Ottawa East

Canada Post has made changes to its schedule of mail delivery that stand to have an impact in Old Ottawa East.

The changes are part of a widespread effort by the Crown corporation to modernize its operations and accommodate changes in volume of mail per region.

Anick Losier, a Canada Post spokeswoman, downplayed the changes in the day-to-day lives of Old Ottawa East residents.

“You might see a different time of delivery, but that’s pretty much it,” she said. “If you got your mail at 10:00 in the morning before, you might instead get it at 11:00, or you might get it at 9:00.”

“Instead of maintaining separate workforces on foot to deliver mail and in vehicles to deliver parcels, we are equipping our delivery agents with vehicles to deliver all products in a geographical area,” the corporation said, in a press release. Residents will therefore see mail trucks on their streets more often than before.

Canada Post has equipped its trucks with more advanced technology to keep track of delivery information. The company said its goal was “to become more competitive and to position ourselves for future growth in various products. The new delivery model enables our delivery workforce to move into the future, giving us the ability to manage changing volumes and market demands.”

Under the new system, delivery agents are expected to spend less time sorting mail. That will be done by equipment at Canada Post plants.

The corporation plans to be on the road longer delivering mail, allowing for multiple delivery times within one day.

Watson’s Pharmacy at 192 Main St, which offers a local postal counter, will see minor changes in the way their mail system operates.

“Mail will now be picked up twice during the day, instead of once – once at the middle of the day, and once at the end of the day,” said a pharmacy employee, who did not wish to be identified.

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