A closure of the Canada Post in Woking has caused a big problem for many rural residents.
The location shut down abruptly earlier in the month, forcing residents to pick up their mail in Spirit River. It’s 40 kilometres round-trip for most.
“We’ve heard from many people that are now being required to hire somebody to go pick up their mail, and in some cases aren’t able to pick up their mail if they can’t physically be in Spirit River. It’s causing some concerns, especially for the elderly in Woking,” said Chris Warkentin, MP for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie. “I’m very concerned about it. I’ve written the Minister who’s responsible for Canada Post, I haven’t received an answer yet.”
Canada Post in Spirit River is only open from 9-5, Monday-Friday, with the exception of Thursday’s when it’s open until 5:30 p.m.
Residents, especially those who work in the city, are having trouble getting bills and other important pieces of mail.
“I don’t think travelling to Spirit River is a practical solution to the current problem. I’m very hopeful that what exists right now is very temporary,” Warkentin added. “Like the residents, I have no idea why this decision was made.”
Warkentin is also worried the Spirit River outlet can’t handle the added mail, stating there were roughly 150 mail boxes in Woking.
“I think Canada Post has to answer to the community. And I think the Minister has a responsibility to step in and to reverse this hastily made decision, and figure out a plan moving forward that will serve the community better.”
There is no timetable for Canada Post in Woking to continue operating.