Federal Government announcement on status of Canada Post Community Mailboxes
Canada Post Community Mailboxes – Canada Post is stopping any further conversions of community mailboxes, Federal Government officials announced on Wednesday.
At a briefing with reporters, officials said there will be no more conversions of home delivery service to community mailboxes. Community mailboxes already in place will remain for those who now use them – home delivery will be not be restored. But they did announce they will be bringing in ‘assisted mail delivery service’ for those with limited mobility and have difficulty getting to and reaching the boxes. Those who still have home delivery will continue to receive that service.
Community mailboxes were first introduced by the former Conservative government, as part of their plan to save close to $400 million a year for Canada Post, struggling in the new online world and losing money. It was not a very popular decision and during the election campaign the Liberals promised stop the plan to end home mail delivery across the country – and that they would carry out a review of the Crown Corporation. After being elected they suspended it and began looking at other ways of increasing revenue and saving money.
At the briefing, they said they will be bringing in new management at Canada Post and ‘given the boom in shipping of parcels and the associated profits for the Crown corporation, there is a window of opportunity for Canada Post to modernize its business model’. Officials also said that there was a dramatic increase in revenues from parcels, exceeding their 2017 predictions.
Let’s hope so, as the challenge so far has been an uphill battle.