22 Mar 17

UCPR will lobby for postal banking

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

L’ORIGNAL – On Wed., March 8, the United Counties of Prescott Russell approved a plan to lobby for postal banking, an idea which has been on the radar of many rural townships recently. Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins and Alfred-Plantagenet Mayor Fernand Dicaire brought forward the issue at the council meeting and it was unanimously approved.

More and more banking outlets are closing in towns and villages, most of which still have postal outlets, which could provide convenient locations and secure sites for automatic banking machines. Some communities don’t even have stores anymore which could provide private locations. ABMs would also provide revenue for postal outlets.

The idea is supported by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. CUPW’s website presents compelling arguments in favour, stating that postal banking has been tested and used “very successfully” in over 60 countries; it can provide an important new revenue stream to Canada Post, which in turn can support other postal services like home delivery; mostly importantly for this area – it would provide services to unserved or underserved areas, which could potentially help millions of Canadians; the infrastructure is already in place, with 6,300 Canada Post offices and 64,000 employees; the concept already has widespread support, including 600 municipalities.

The next step for UCPR Council is to draft a resolution which will, when approved, go to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.