Big news regarding Canada Post on Wednesday
Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough has rolled out a new plan which terminates a program launched by the former Conservative government to convert existing home mail delivery to community boxes.
However, the 840,000 families who are already using a community mailbox at the end of their street will not see a return to door-to-door delivery.
The move is expected to upset postal workers who have demanded the post office turn back the clock on mailbox conversions, and means Canada Post will not be able to achieve an estimated savings of 350 million a year by converting the remaining 4.2 million addresses that get door-to-door delivery..
Qualtrough says the plan will also see the formation of a task force that will look at how to enhance Canada Post’s accessibility program to seniors and those with mobility issues who no longer have home delivery.
The government is encouraging Canada Post to promote its postal money order business to Canadians who send money to friends and family abroad, and will ask them to capitalize on a boom in its parcel services, since that’s where the money and growth are.
While mail deliveries by postal workers have been declining drastically in recent years, Canada Post has seen parcel delivery volumes soar.