Canada Post

The Future of Canada Post

Having incurred a loss of 100 million in the previous three months, Canada Post is thinking about introducing community boxes to more neighbourhoods where door to door home deliveries are the norm.

Though mostly attributed to equipment upgrades, this loss has resulted in a public consultation in regards to what measures can be taken to address the reduction of letter mail, which was once the corporation`s bread and butter before the internet.

E-mails and paperless billing have pretty much eliminated the need for  weekday letter deliveries for most people in the larger cities of Canada. But there remains a need for parcel deliveries, especially during the Christmas season.

Personally I’ve had very few problems with my community mailbox, other than the rare lock freezing in January and February. But I can see why some people would like to keep their home delivery.

The handicapped and seniors probably prefer to have their mail delivered so they don’t need to go out in bad weather and risk heat stroke, frostbites and injuries related to falls or smog.

I’m guessing these people will probably be eligible for a compassionate exemption programme and will keep getting their mail delivered at their door. But I think community mailboxes should work for most.

In regards to a reduction in letter mail deliveries, Canada Post had stated last February to the Canadian Press that it would continue deliveries weekdays, regardless of the rumours in the press that these would be reduced from five to three deliveries a week.

Whether they choose to reduce their letter deliveries or not  it makes sense for them to keep delivering mail to community mailboxes that receive parcels, so I’m guessing that deliveries at urban and sub-urban community mailboxes will remain unchanged for a while.

If there are any changes or news related to these deliveries I will an update on this blog.

Canada Post To Honor More Canadian Recording Artists

Canada Post will be issuing a series of postage stamps, prepaid post cards and limited edition frame prints dedicated to Canadian recording artists The Guess Who, Beau Dommage, Rush and The Tragically Hip on July 19th, 2013.

These collectibles are available for pre-order and previous collectibles for Bryan Adams, Edith Butler, Robert Charlebois, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Bruce Cockburn, Robbie Robertson, Ginette Reno, Paul Anka and Joni Mitchell remain available at their online store.

Canada Post Says No Reduction In Deliveries

The Ottawa Business Journal reports that Canada Post will not be reducing their deliveries from 5 to 3 a week.

“To address our challenges Canada Post has launched several initiatives … but no other major changes to operations are being made at this time.”

Canada Post had not mentioned whether they will close outlets or not in their statements to The Canadian Press.

Mail Deliveries To Be Reduced ?

It appears that Canada Post is considering a reduction in mail deliveries, down to 3 days a week.

The crown corporation is facing a $327 million dollar operation loss due to advances in technology, like e-mail and online bill payments, and like most national postal services they are trying to adapt as fewer letters and parcels make their way through their system.

Most Canadian consumers these days have their parcels delivered either via courier or to stores for pick-up so reductions in service are likely unavoidable. But I suspect they might need to have a full five day schedule during the Christmas rush in November and December.

Rural residents will likely be the most affected by these reductions, especially those with little to no internet access. But Canada Post is also considering a reduction in postal outlets, so many city residents will also be inconvenienced.


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Canada Post Cuts 1000 Mailboxes

Canada Post has cut 1000 red mailboxes nationwide in response to a 17% drop in the use of “snail mail” according to CTV News. And it appears that more reductions are predicted because many of the remaining 30,000 red mailboxes don’t get mail at all.

Since last year’s postal strike many Canadian consumers have discovered the advantages of eBilling with ePost.ca and many use their local “super mailboxes” instead to mail their letters and small parcels.

Canada Post Warns Customers

Canada Post as issued a press release in response to an email claiming there are discrepancy in pricing between corporate outlets and private postal outlets.

They claim is is false, stating “all 6,000 automated post offices, corporate or dealer, use the same retail point-of-sale system software.”