It’s the end of an era. Within the next five years Canada Post is planning on phasing out home delivery, which means an end to the friendly neighbourhood mailman, making door-todoor delivery of mail to urban residents a thing of the past.
Moving away from home delivery, Canada Post will be eliminating 6,000 to 8,000 positions in the next five years, but they are expecting that 15,000 workers will retire or leave the company in that time frame.
Spurred by significant financial losses, Canada Post’s five-point action plan also includes expanding convenience through postal franchises, streamlining operations and addressing the cost of labour. With the action plan fully implemented, the initiatives will contribute about $700 million to $900 million per year.
Another point in the five-point action plan is the cost of postage stamps will be increasing to $0.85 per stamp when bought in a booklet and $1.00 per stamp when bought individually.
Canadian households, who currently have their mail delivered to their door, will see a shift to having a post office box in a community mailbox.
The release says that the initial neighbourhoods slated for conversion in the second half of 2014 will be announced once plans are finalized.
There are 5,094,694 Canadians who get their mail delivered to their door, which costs about $269 per address. Delivering mail to community mailboxes costs about $117 per box, and 3,804,574 Canadians get their mail from a community mailbox already.