Canada Post plans to charge developers to install community mailboxes

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Canada Post community mail boxes in Conception Bay South. — Telegram file photo

OTTAWA —Buyers of new homes may have an additional fee to contend with next year and they’ll have Canada Post, in part, to thank for it.

The country’s postal service operator says it will begin charging developers $200 per home address to install community mailboxes in new residential neighbourhoods and commercial areas.

The new fee will kick in starting in January.

While the fees won’t be directly charged to homeowners, it is likely that developers will pass off the expense to buyers.

Canada Post is looking for new ways to generate revenue and help reduce the quarterly losses its has been racking up.

Mail volumes have been declining for years as more Canadians turn to the Internet instead of letter services to pay their bills, while couriers have also snagged part of the large package market.

But Canada Post has also faced a rise in the number of new mailing addresses each year, which it says can sometimes be as high as 200,000. The company said the installation of new boxes can increase expenses by millions of dollars each year.

Canada Post noted that it will still be responsible for some of the associated costs, such as installation and maintenance.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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  • Dee
    November 07, 2012 - 09:05

    I agree female postal carrier,these people open their mouths about people's wages when they don,t know anything about it,just like the same bunch mouthing of about Tims at the HSC making $30.00 an hour.Most Likely these are the ones that never worked a day in their life sitting home collecting their welfare cheques being delived by Canada post.I do agree that postal sevices are very costly,that more people are using other means,but then our gas is going up everyday,a family can afford to eat out as much as we used to do so everything we do will cost us.So if Canada post do not do something there will be major job loss,who wants to loose their jobs we all have families to feed,so before @ Eli before you open your big mouth do your homework first.

  • Eli
    November 06, 2012 - 14:30

    So what will our babyesque mail carriers want for this, a payscale based on the number of one-stop boxes on their routes? Now lets see: $28.50 an hour for Route 12, that has 2 community mailboxes. $37.80 an hour for route 17, that has 4 community mailboxes. And of course ensure they're snow cleared.

    • female mail carrier
      November 06, 2012 - 20:08

      I don't understand what you are trying to say. I am a mail carrier in C.B.S. and I can tell you not one of us mail carriers get $28.50 or $3780 an hour. We don't make close to this. We are paid a flat rate per day and if we are 2 hrs or 10 hrs that is all we are paid. Get your facts before being critical. If you want to make waves then do it to Canada Post.