Canada Post has opened the Albert Jackson Processing Centre, its new Greater Toronto Area (GTA) parcel sorting facility.
This facility is Canada Post’s largest, fastest and greenest parcel sorting facility. It has doubled the company’s processing capacity in the GTA, where most of Canada’s parcels originate. With e-commerce expected to double in Canada over the next decade, this facility will help CAnada Post meet demand.
“The Albert Jackson Processing Centre is much more than a building – it is a generational investment in the future of our country,” said Doug Ettinger, president and CEO of Canada Post.
“This facility will drive our network nationwide and help support the Canadian economy for decades to come.”
The new $470-million, zero-carbon facility, located at 1395 Tapscott Road in Scarborough, can process one million packages a day at full capacity. That’s 60,000 packages an hour, 50 percent more than Canada Post’s Mississauga Gateway facility. A package can arrive, be processed and be ready for dispatch in less than four minutes.
The building is 585,000 square feet – roughly the size of six CFL football fields – and contains nearly eight kilometres of conveyors. It employs 900 people and sorts to more than 300 Canada Post facilities.
The facility has more than 150 dock doors and its yard can hold more than 200 trailers, with another 100 spots for five-ton trucks.
It is Canada Post’s first zero-carbon building and the largest industrial project in Canada with the Zero Carbon Building Standard designation. Rooftop solar panels generate clean, renewable energy onsite.
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 honoured to have several members of the Jackson family, including one who currently works for the company, attend the grand opening ceremony.