At a photo op this morning, Canada Post “handed over the key” to 266 Graham Avenue to Mayor Sam Katz and Winnipeg Police Chief Keith McCaskill. The City of Winnipeg officially took possession of the building today as part of its plan to convert the facility to a new headquarters for the City of Winnipeg Police Services.
Canada Post has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Winnipeg in order to retain its corporate retail outlet, lock boxes and regional offices at 266 Graham Avenue. Customers can continue to come to 266 Graham Avenue for postal services just as they’ve done since the building opened on June 6, 1958.
In 1958 the “new” Winnipeg plant was among the first to have:
- electronic letter sorters
- automatic selective conveyors and chutes
- drive-in letter boxes and
- special vehicle handling sections
“In 1958, like now, the corporation was focused on modernizing its equipment, plants and processes in order to become more competitive and deliver a new value proposition to our customers and our employees. One thing that has remained a constant for us is that when it comes to change, Winnipeg leads the way,” said Bill Davidson, Senior Lead, Postal Transformation, Western Canada.
Canada Post has made a number of strategic investments in order to fulfill its plans to make Winnipeg the first city in Canada to become fully modernized. These investments – the new downtown depot and the new depot in SW Winnipeg – have been orchestrated in compliment with the construction of Canada Post’s new mail processing plant and the sale of 266 Graham Avenue.
“We are delighted the City of Winnipeg has purchased 266 Graham because we believe housing the City of Winnipeg Police Department is a great fit for the property and for downtown Winnipeg,” Davidson said.
For more information contact: Kathi Neal, Communications Manager, Postal Transformation (204) 987-5763 or [email protected]
“Like any forward looking company, Canada Post’s future success depends upon revitalization and modernization. To remain successful and relevant, we must continually invest in our business, our plants and facilities to ensure we can continue to provide the best possible service for our customers,” he said.