End atms for Desjardins in 2028: many reactions in the Bas-Saint-Laurent

News 23 March, 2018
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    Friday, march 23, 2018 14:27

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    RIMOUSKI | The intention of Desjardins group, ending with the atms in 2028, to react, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent. In the light of the many closures that have taken place in recent years, several members and elected officials wonder if the atms will disappear even more quickly in some regions.

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    The turn planned to smartphones is coming soon, according to several members Desjardins that VAT News has talked about it on Friday.

    In the Bas-Saint-Laurent, many small, seasonal shops only accept cash. It is not possible to make a direct payment. The disappearance early wickets in a decade is a concern, because the transition must be short-term.

    Even if several members of Desjardins use a lot Access, atms remain essential these days, especially for seniors.

    “Sometimes, it is better to come to the atm because you do your commissions at the same time,” says a member from Rimouski.

    A client of Desjardins adds: “I go on the internet for basic needs and all that, but I look at the people who are a little bit older than me, and then I’ll get in this category, there will not always be up to date with the internet.”

    According to the mayor of Sainte-Flavie, Jean-François Fortin, the presence of atms Desjardins in small communities is really very important.

    Even if we are witnessing the closure of many shops in the small towns, the presence of a caisse populaire, or an atm machine allows you to stimulate projects of a co-operative to replace the convenience store would have closed, for example.

    “You shouldn’t see Desjardins as being only a place where you withdraw money and where the transactions, but it is a strike force in the occupation of our territory”, argued the mayor of Sainte-Flavie.

    The issue of internet accessibility is also a concern with this transition to digital.

    “You need to understand that in the rural area, the difficulty of having access to the internet is still present today. Even about 10 years until 2028, there are areas which are all short where there is no internet connection and where the quality is not good at all. It is also important to understand that things change more slowly in the region,” added Mr. Fortin.