OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada Post today announced the 11
communities across Canada where mail will be delivered to new community
mailboxes beginning in the fall of 2014. This is the first stage of a
five-year national initiative involving roughly 5 million addresses.
In the larger cities in this initial stage, only a few specific
neighbourhoods will be affected. Within the affected areas, most
businesses will keep delivery to the door. In the smaller
municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of
businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.
The 11 communities and the approximate number of affected addresses are:
some neighbourhoods in Calgary, Alta. (10,450 addresses)
Fort McMurray, Alta. (8,450 addresses)
some neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Man. (12,500 addresses)
Oakville, Ont. (26,400 addresses)
in Ottawa, Ont., neighbourhoods in Kanata (7,900 addresses)
Rosemère, Que. (3,350 addresses)
Lorraine, Que. (2,550 addresses)
Bois-des-Filion, Que. (2,750 addresses)
Charlemagne, Que. (1,300 addresses)
Repentigny, Que. (14,400 addresses)
and in Halifax, N.S., neighbourhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford
areas (9,950 addresses).
The neighbourhoods that have been chosen are near areas that already
have community mailboxes. As well, the operational structure needed to
deliver to community mailboxes already exists in these communities,
which makes them most suitable for efficient early conversion.
There will be no change in delivery for:
people living in apartment buildings, seniors' buildings and
condominiums who have mail delivered in the building lobby.
customers who have mail delivered to a rural mailbox at the end of a
business addresses if they are in well-established business areas, such
as main streets or "business corridors," or receive a relatively large
volume of mail or parcels.
Affected residents will soon receive an information package from Canada
Post in the mail. It will tell them how they can express their
priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Using the
feedback from residents, Canada Post will work with local municipal
officials to determine suitable locations for the community mailboxes.
Canada Post understands that some seniors and Canadians with
disabilities may not be able to get to their community mailbox, and it
is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind from accessing the
mail service. As it transitions existing neighbourhoods like these, it
may need to offer additional solutions for people with significant
mobility challenges, who lack viable alternatives and would face
unacceptable hardship. Canada Post will seek input from the various
communities that best know the challenges facing people with mobility
issues and deploy new solutions before the conversion occurs.
Roughly 5 million Canadian addresses, or about one third of the
addresses in the country, still have mail delivery to the door. The
other two thirds of addresses have mail delivery to a centralized point
such as an apartment lobby box, a post office, or to a community
mailbox (a delivery method that has been in widespread use for about 30
years), or to a rural mailbox.
The five-year transition to community mailbox delivery will generate the
largest financial benefit of Canada Post's Five-point Action Plan,
which was announced on December 11, 2013. Once fully implemented, the
community mailbox initiative is forecasted to save $400 million to $500
million a year.
By implementing the Five-point Action Plan as a wave of retirements
occurs, Canada Post will hire fewer employees while meeting the
changing needs of Canadians for secure, convenient delivery of mail and
parcels. Attrition will allow for the reduction of between 6,000 and
8,000 positions, yet Canada Post will respect its collective agreements
and no regular full-time or part-time employees will lose their job as
a result of the conversion initiative.
Where community mailboxes will be installed, Canada Post will still
attempt delivery at the door of parcels too large to fit in the
community mailbox's parcel compartments and of parcels or registered
items that require a signature.
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