A long enough grace period for new postal codes to take effect for Squamish residents will prevent wasted stationary and extra costs to taxpayers.
However, no amount of grace period will prevent the annoyance of having to remember the new sets of letters and numbers.
"I don't see how this is providing a service to people," said Marcia Collier, deputy treasurer for the District of Squamish. "But because we have six months to use up the existing stationery with the old postal codes so we probably won't end up wasting any. We would have to buy new stuff then anyways."
Despite the inconveniences, a spokesperson from Canada Post said the changes were necessary for Squamish.
"Squamish is growing and its postal service is having to grow with it," said Bob Taylor of Canada Post. "Changing the postal codes is helping us to become more efficient so we can have mail delivered to people sooner."
According to Taylor people have six months to use up their existing stationery with the old postal codes, however switching to the new codes as soon as they could would speed up their mail delivery.
After six months mail with the V0N 3G0 postal code on it will still be delivered, but may take an extra day due to manual sorting, said Taylor.