By Barb McKay
Service Canada is no longer providing service in Kincardine.
The federal organization announced last week that it has closed its branch at the Kincardine library.
“The decision to close this office was made based on a thorough evaluation of the level of client demand, the size of the population and the proximity to a Service Canada Centre,” Service Canada spokesperson Pierre Nolet told The Independent. “This change is part of our efforts to rebalance our network to achieve a more even distribution of our points of service across the regions.”
A Service Canada scheduled outreach site was located at the Kincardine library one day each week from to where residents could complete applications for Social Insurance Numbers, Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefits. A staff member was on hand to answer questions.
Kincardine residents will now have to travel for those services and the closest branches are located in Walkerton, Goderich and Wingham. Nolet said residents can still access information on federal government programs, services, benefits and publications by contacting 1-800-O-Canada or visiting www.servicecanada.gc.ca.