Unveiled last May, Canada Post’s new flagship parcel sorting facility has officially started operating in Toronto.
The $470 million Albert Jackson Processing Centre stands in northeast Scarborough. It’s named after the man believed to be Canada’s first Black letter carrier, whom Canada Post honoured on its 2019 Black History Month stamp. The processing centre – now Canada Post’s largest, fastest and most environmentally friendly parcel-sorting facility – has doubled the Crown corporation’s processing capacity in the Greater Toronto Area, where most of Canada’s parcels originate.
“The Albert Jackson Processing Centre is much more than a building,” said Canada Post President and CEO Doug Ettinger. “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.”
The 585,000-square-foot zero-carbon facility can process 60,000 packages an hour – the equivalent of a million packages a day at full capacity – and its rooftop solar farm also generates clean renewable energy.
“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 public services and procurement minister Jean-Yves Duclos, whose portfolio includes 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.”