OTTAWA, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Post's decision to phase out front
door mail delivery has raised concerns about adverse impacts on people
with disabilities as well as the elderly. Both groups are protected
under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission shares these concerns. Phasing out
front door delivery could have a negative impact on people who
currently have access to mail services that meet their needs, but who
would have difficulty making their way to street corner mailboxes,
particularly in harsh weather.
Many elderly people and people with disabilities live alone. They often
lack the resources to ensure access to many of life's necessities,
access that others take for granted.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission encourages Canada Post, as it
implements its five-point plan, to make every possible effort to ensure
that elderly people and people with disabilities continue to enjoy full
access to mail services.
The five year transition period announced on Dec. 11 should allow for
Canada Post to engage with representative organizations of these
affected groups in order to address their concerns and find workable
Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission
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Canadian Human Rights Commission