Dec 11, 2013
By AM740 Staff
The union representing Canada Post employees says it is going to fight to preserve urban door-to-door mail service. Canada Post announced today it plans to phase out urban mail delivery over the next five years in favour of community mail boxes and hike the price of stamps. CUP-W President Denis Lemelin says Canada Post isn’t going about the process of restructuring in the best way possible. He says Canada Post should be developing its financial and banking services. However, Lisa Raitt the minister responsible for the Crown corporation is defending the decision. She says Canadians are sending less mail than ever, leaving Canada Post with some tough financial decisions in order to combat a steep decline in revenues. Raitt says a typical Canadian household buys only one to two dozen stamps a year, and mail volumes have fallen nearly 25 per cent per household since 2008. Canada Post has been losing money because of the move to electronic communication.