Government of Canada releases report on the Canada Post Corporation



    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister
of State (Transport), today shared the report of the independent review of the
Canada Post Corporation.
    "Canada Post provides a fundamental public service to Canadians. I am
pleased to make the review report available to the public," said Minister
Merrifield. "The advisory panel that undertook the review has provided a
thoughtful and comprehensive report to the government and it is being
carefully analyzed."
    The independent review was conducted in 2008. Its purpose was to make
sure Canada Post has the tools and means to continue to fulfill its mandate,
which is to provide affordable, universal postal service to Canadians. During
the course of its review, the advisory panel met with stakeholders,
associations, unions and other interested parties. It also received thousands
of submissions from Canadians.
    The report is now available online, in both official languages, at
www.cpcstrategicreview.gc.ca. It can also be ordered by visiting
www.publications.gc.ca or by calling 1-800-635-7943.

    
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                           CANADA POST REVIEW PANEL
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    On April 21, 2008, the Government of Canada announced the review of Canada
Post, which was conducted by a three-member external, independent advisory
panel, chaired by Dr. Robert Campbell with members Mrs. Nicole Beaudoin and
Mr. Dan Bader.
    The purpose of the review was to examine Canada Post's public policy
objectives, its ability to remain financially self-sustaining, and the
continued relevancy of the financial performance targets established by the
government in 1998.
    The advisory panel focused its review on four major areas: market and
competition; public policy objectives and responsibilities; commercial
activities; and financial and performance targets.
    During the course of its work, the panel consulted with a broad range of
stakeholders from across Canada, including Canada Post and their unions,
customers and competitors, industry associations, and federal departments and
agencies. The general public also participated by providing over 1,400
submissions, and sending over 23,500 postcards and documents to the panel by
mail and e-mail.

    Canada Post

    Canada Post was created as a Crown corporation in 1981 as the successor to
the Post Office Department of Canada. Canada Post's mandate is to provide
affordable, universal postal service to Canadians on a financially
self-sustaining basis. The corporation contributes to Canadian society and to
Canada's economy as an enabler of business activity. It fulfils these roles by
providing Canadians with the tools to communicate, transact business and
interact with governments in a timely, accessible and affordable manner.
    Canada Post offers a variety of traditional and innovative services to
connect Canadians. It is a public institution with a workforce of over 70,000
employees. It processes over 11 billion pieces of mail per year and maintains
a network of 6,600 post offices in urban, rural and remote locations across
Canada.
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For further information: Chris Hilton, Office of Minister of State
(Transport) Rob Merrifield, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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