Posted 11.9.15 @ 0:0 by: Staff

How often do you get mail? We’re not talking of the digital kind, but of the tangible piece of paper that used to be delivered by the mailman just a few years ago. These days, more and more people are not receiving as many ‘real’ mails as before and so a move has been made to convert to community mailboxes in lieu of getting it directly delivered to your door or mailbox. However, the full implementation of that switch will have to wait since Canada Post is temporarily suspending the implementation of the Community Mailbox Program.

The Community Mailbox Program

It was the middle of this year when Canada Post started switching the five-days-a-week postal delivery service for individuals into the much more cost-effective community mailbox approach. The move was implemented as a part of the effort to cut their cost of operation, as about 25% of the mail service’s revenue was cut when companies and individuals began to rely more on electronic mails and digital communication.

Needless to say, not everyone was pleased by the introduction of the Community Mailbox Program. This prompted both the Liberals and the NDP to state that they would keep the door to door service and that they would revert the change if elected, which is how we’ve come to our present situation.

Temporary Suspension

With last month’s elections, the move towards ending the door to door mail delivery service is put to a temporary halt as the Liberals gear up to form the government as announced by the Crown agency late last month. The statement also shared that they would be working with the federal government to determine the best course of action for all affected addresses, noted at about 460,000.

All service conversions scheduled for this month and December, as well as the ones which were announced for next year are now on hold. It should be noted that big communities such as Toronto is not scheduled for any change until about 2017 but neighbourhoods such as Oakville, which have already made the switch last year will continue to keep using the community mailboxes.

The reversal wouldn’t be the same for all Canadians though, as it would be mostly wealthy neighbourhoods that can expect the door to door service to resume and other communities may end up with still having a form of the Community Mailbox Program. The implementation of the switch has led to bitter protests and lawsuits, including that dispute in Hamilton over the placement of the mailboxes.

The reversal of the switch to a community mailbox is supported by many people including seniors’ and disabled persons’ groups and is welcomed by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The union have also released a statement saying that Canada Post has been profitable and that there is no moral nor economic justification for the switch in the first place.

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