COMMUNITY MAILBOX CONVERSIONS END, DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY WON'T BE RESTORED
Jan 24, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The Trudeau Liberals are ending the Harper government’s plan to replace door-to-door mail delivery with community mailboxes.
Speaking at the Gateway sorting facility in Mississauga, Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough announced a broader plan to renew Canada Post.
There will be no more conversions, but the approximately 840,000 households which have lost their door-to-door delivery since 2014, won’t be getting it back.
”We decided to adopt a forward-looking vision for Canada Post,” said Qualtrough.
”We’re not going to put the toothpaste back in the tube. We’re not going to reverse these decisions that were made by the former government.
Converting the remaining 4.2-million households was expected to result in savings of about $350-million-a -year.
As part of the government’s new plan, a national advisory panel will be formed to seek options for serving those with accessibility issues who already have community mailboxes.
The Zoomers advocacy group CARP welcomes the announcement.
”We are pleased that as well as stopping future conversions, the government has committeed to providing door-to-door deliver for those who currently have a community mailbox but, through age or disability, cannot safely access it,” said CARP’s Wanda Morris.
”We will work to ensure the government follows through on that commitment.”