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Canada Post Hits The Brakes On Community Mailbox Program

Canada Post Hits The Brakes On Community Mailbox Program

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In an effort to cut costs, Canada Post originally approved the idea of cancelling door-to-door mail delivery, and instead, inserting community mailboxes in nearly every neighborhood across Canada. The new program would help the organization layoff hundreds of workers as mail deliverers would eventually drop-off mail in one designated area as opposed to individual addresses, saving both time and money.

In a media release late Monday however, Canada Post spokeswoman Anick Losier states that Canada Post is postponing the transition of conversion of door-to-door delivery to community mail boxes, and plans to work with the government to determine the best solution given the unexpected challenges in the new postal system.

Canada Post is suspending the conversion of door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes.

“Efforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion,” says Losier. “This involves roughly 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.”

In a conversation with CBC, Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek said members were “ecstatic” about the news.

“We’ve been fighting this campaign for a year and a half, and we’re glad they finally put a halt to this disastrous program,” Palecek told CBC. “It’s time to talk about the future of Canada Post, about restoring service to those who have lost it, and about having a public mandate review of Canada Post so we can look at alternatives to these cuts.”

Palecek also mentioned that instead of cutting services, Canada Post should be looking at expanding, including the addition of banking and financial services in post offices.

The sudden halt in the community mailbox programs comes exactly one week after the Liberals were voted in as a majority government, something Palecek notes as the political party promised in their campaign to put an immediate moratorium on the cuts and carry out a study before proceeding.

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