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Canada Post News

The Canadian Government is expected to release a statement today in regards to their community mailbox conversions and several media outlets suspect that these conversions will be suspended.

Officials have told The Canadian Press that a task force will be created to address issues related to seniors and individuals with mobility issues. And apparently, Canada Post may extend their money transfer services for individuals who want to send funds abroad.

Update : Community Mailboxes On Hold

In case you haven’t heard, Canada Post issued a press release today saying it will place the upcoming conversion of door to door deliveries to community mailboxes on hold, temporarily.

I suspect public consultations will probably be conducted in the near future.

Canada Post To Phase Out Door-To-Door Deliveries

Canada Post has unveiled a five-point action plan and unfortunately this means people will loose their door-to-door deliveries, which will be phased out over five years.

Parcels and letters requiring signatures will continue to be delivered door-to-door and more franchised postal outlets are planned. But an estimated 5 million Canadians will loose their regular weekday door-to-door postal deliveries and will receive their mail from community mailboxes instead.

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 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.