It will be “business as usual” for nearly half a million Canadian households, when it comes to picking up mail.
In a surprise move, Canada Post announced it would be suspending the installation of community mailboxes to replace door-to-door delivery.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which has been pushing against the “super-boxes” says it’s thrilled with the decision, which comes a week after the Liberals were elected to power.
The party campaigned on an election promise to stop the cuts to home mail delivery and review Canada Post’s operations.
“The postal cuts were driven by the Conservatives. Now they are no longer in power, it’s time to hit the brakes.” – Mike Palecek, National President of CUPW.
Canada Post issued the following statement regarding it’s decision:
“Canada Post is temporarily suspending future deployment of the program to convert door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes. We will work collaboratively with the Government of Canada to determine the best path forward given the ongoing challenges faced by the Canadian postal system.
Efforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion. This involves roughly 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.
As a result, all conversions planned for November and December 2015 and those announced for 2016 will be placed on hold. Customers impacted by this decision will receive a letter within the next few weeks advising them of the status of their mail delivery service.
In neighborhoods where the 10-month internal and community conversion process is complete, customers will collect mail and parcels at their community mailbox. This includes customers set to begin receiving their mail and parcels in their boxes in October. We remain focused on maintaining reliable postal service to all Canadians without disruption.”