South Bruce Peninsula wants to clear up some misunderstandings about address changes in the municipality.
The municipality issued a news release Wednesday to explain a change in postal addresses was instituted by Canada Post.
“Some of the concerns we have had is that this is being driven by the municipality,” Mayor John Close said Wednesday. “We wanted to make sure everybody understood that they can save some time and contact Canada Post with concerns and not the municipality.”
Residents were contacted by Canada Post last year about the change. The post office will no longer use rural route addresses in the municipality and will use using civic number addresses.
Council was given two options — maintain postal identities for Hepworth, Sauble Beach, Wiarton and Mar with the remainder of the town being called South Bruce Peninsula, or have the entire municipality with the South Bruce Peninsula address.
Council chose the option that maintained the separate identities.
“We had some say in this in terms of (maintaining separate identities) for Mar and Wiarton and others, but in general terms we were going to be moved over to this system whether we like it or not,” said Close.
Canada Post has informed the town that the Allenford area was not being changed by Canada Post. However it is anticipated Canada Post will approach the town in the future in this regard. It is the intention of council to ask that Allenford maintain its postal identity, the news release said.
Concerns have been raised about the difficulty in changing addresses on forms for documents such as driver’s licences, insurance forms and health cards.
The town has provided short forms of “South Bruce Peninsula, which have been approved by Canada Post. Residents are permitted to use “South Bruce Pen” and “SB Peninsula” when the full name is not accepted by institutions, the news release said.
“We have had other complaints that other government organizations and other institutions haven’t been given a heads up on this and so they are caught when people are putting through for a change of address and their systems can’t handle it,” said Close.
I think Canada Post needs to do a better job advising industry that they better get onboard with it.”
People with questions about postal address changes are being directed to Connie Richardson at Canada Post at 519-457-5274.