SD&G bank branches spared in Scotiabank cuts

SD&G – With Scotiabank’s announcement it’s cutting 1,500 jobs company-wide in a bid to reduce costs, many may be wondering if SD&G branches or services are on the line.

“There are no branch closures as part of today’s announcement,” said Scotiabank Public and Corporate Affairs spokesman Andrew Chornenky in an email to Cornwall Newswatch.

Chornenky said it’s too soon to know whether the cuts will affect the Scotiabank Customer Contact Center in Cornwall.

The call center at the International Business Park at Brookdale Avenue and Seventh Street has over 50 employees and was hiring nine more bilingual positions in the spring.

“Because of our continued efforts to place people, this will take some time and therefore we do not have detailed information on local impacts at this time. We are also going to continue to invest in areas that are going to improve the speed and quality of service for our customers,” Chornenky said in a statement to Cornwall Newswatch.

Chornenky says many of the staff reductions have already been managed through attrition and job placement. But future job loss would be managed through severance and transition programs.

The news of no branch closures will come as a relief to residents in Maxville.

They, along with Avonmore residents, launched a massive grassroots campaign in March, 2013 to save their hometown branches.

In the end, Scotiabank kept the Maxville branch open but shuttered Avonmore and replaced it with an ATM.

In addition to Maxville and Cornwall, there are Scotiabank branches in Morrisburg, Chesterville and Alexandria.

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