Five big changes coming to Canada Post
Canada Post has announced big plans to overhaul the country's mail system.
Here's what Canada Post has in store for Canadians.
1. Bye-bye home delivery
Canada Post plans to phase out door-to-door mail delivery over the next five years. Eventually, all urban residents with doorstep mailboxes will have to walk to a community mailbox, or "superbox".
2. Skyrocketing stamp prices
The price of a single lettermail stamp is going up from 63 cents to $1. Booklets and coils will be priced at 85 cents per stamp. The price hikes take effect on March 31, 2014.
3. More postal outlets in stores
Canada Post plans to open more franchise postal outlets, like the ones you find inside Shoppers Drug Mart and other stores. It will look to "streamline" its traditional corporate post offices.
4. Consolidation of operations
Mail processing is being shifted to major plants, and fuel-efficient vehicles will be used to deliver both mail and parcels at the same time.
5. Eliminating jobs
Between 6,000 and 8,000 positions will be eliminated, mostly through attrition. Canada Post says 15,000 employees are expected to retire over the next five years. It also wants to "permanently address the sustainability of its pension plan".
What is the Canadian Union of Postal Workers saying?
CUPW national president Denis Lemelin: “We are extremely concerned that these changes will send Canada Post into a downward spiral. Furthermore, the skyrocketing stamp prices will make the postal service inaccessible to many people.”