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article imageCanada phasing out door-to-door mail delivery to urban centres

By David Silverberg     Dec 11, 2013 in World
Canada Post will stop offering door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents over the next five years, it's been announced. One-third of Canadians receive mail at their door but will soon have to get their mail via community mailboxes.
A Canada Post document explains: "Over a five-year period beginning in late 2014, Canada Post will convert the Canadian households that receive door-to-door delivery to community mailbox delivery."
If Canadians are wondering why this change is necessary, Canada Post has an answer to that question: "While Canadians are communicating and shopping more online, they often aren’t home during the day to check their mailboxes for sensitive items that are increasingly sent through the mail, such as identification, credit cards or prescriptions. "
Canada Post claims two-thirds of Canadians use community mailboxes already. They also cite 5,094,694 people who get door to door delivery in Canada.
The grim writing was on the wall for Canada Post, a company facing massive financial losses. The latest Canada Post financial data show it lost $73 million in this fiscal year's third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to CBC News.
By comparison, in the U.S. the Postal Service reported a $5 billion net loss for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a significant improvement over last year, when the agency reported a record $15.9 billion loss.
The price of stamps will also increase, beginning March 31, 2014. Single stamps will cost $1 each, up from $0.63 today. When bought in booklets, the price (per stamp) will soon be $0.85, up from $0.63 today for letters 0-30 g mailed within Canada.
Expect job losses at Canada Post. The Crown corporation said it will "reduce its unionized workforce by at least 10 per cent over the next 10 years."
NDP MP Peter Julien accused the Conservative government of being disrespectful by making the announcement the day after Parliament took its annual Christmas break.
“I’m thinking about the loss of service to Canadians, what will happen with senior citizens who won’t be getting service over the winter months,” he said, according to CBC News.
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