A new flagship parcel sorting facility in Toronto has been officially opened by Canada Post.
The CA$470m (US$345m) Albert Jackson Processing Centre is Canada Post’s largest, fastest and greenest parcel sorting facility to date. It has doubled the company’s processing capacity in the Greater Toronto Area – where most of Canada’s parcels originate.
Doug Ettinger, president and CEO of Canada Post, said, “The Albert Jackson Processing Centre is much more than a building – it is a generational investment in the future of our country. This facility will drive our network nationwide and help support the Canadian economy for decades to come. It will solidify Canada Post as our country’s e-commerce delivery leader.”
Located at 1395 Tapscott Road in Scarborough, the 585,000ft2 zero-carbon facility can process 60,000 packages per hour, the equivalent of one million packages a day at full capacity, making it Canada’s new e-commerce hub. Its rooftop solar farm also generates clean, renewable energy on-site.
“More than ever, Canada needs a strong Canada Post. As Canadians increasingly rely on e-commerce, the ability to effectively deliver goods to every community will be integral to our country’s future,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of public services and procurement, and the minister responsible for Canada Post. “With the opening of the Albert Jackson Processing Centre, Canada Post will have the capacity it needs to enable future e-commerce growth and the transformation of our retail economy.”
While the facility positions the company for future growth, its name serves as an important reminder of the past. Albert Jackson was the first black letter carrier in Canada. He had to fight to overcome significant racial barriers in the workplace, including the right to work in the position he was hired for. Canada Post was honored to have several members of the Jackson family, including one who currently works for the company, attend the grand opening ceremony.