Environment Canada and Canada Post conduct pilot project for Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit sales

    OTTAWA, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Today Environment Canada and Canada Post
announced plans to conduct a pilot project that will aim to identify
improvements to the sale of Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits. This pilot
project will affect 572 of 7,000 post offices that traditionally sell the
hunting permits.
    The goal of the pilot project is to create efficiencies and reduce waste
associated with producing and distributing permits to post offices that have
been identified as having consistently low to no permit sales. These post
offices will not offer permit sales for the 2007 hunting year. The pilot
project will take effect on August 1, 2007 and will test at post offices in
southern Ontario, southern Quebec and southern British Columbia.
    The results of the pilot project will be evaluated by Environment Canada
and Canada Post at the end of the 2007-2008 migratory game bird hunting
season. The success of the project will be determined by analyzing actual cost
savings to both organizations and the reaction from the public including
migratory game bird hunters.
    Environment Canada and Canada Post will make every effort to inform
customers of the nearest post office to purchase a permit; however, the
project is not expected to inconvenience customers as there are post offices
selling permits within a 10 km radius of offices which were previously
offering these permits.

    The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit goes on sale annually on August 1.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Environment Canada, Media Relations,
1-888-908-8008 (toll free), 1-819-934-8008

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