Canada Post announces sweeping cuts, including the elimination of home postal delivery within urban centres in Canada over the next five years.
The national mail service said rising costs and falling mail volumes have made it impossible to continue its traditional operations.
That means in urban areas, residents who had received their mail at their door will obtain it from a community mailbox system.
At the time it was said only a third of urban Canadians still get their mail at the door.
The move has been opposed by the union and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe.
Rural routes and delivery to apartment and condo buildings will not be affected.
Areas of this province that receive home delivery are sections of St. John’s and Mount Pearl (newer subdivisions generally have community mailboxes), Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Stephenville and Labrador City.
Canada Post unveils a “new and improved” design for the community mailbox that is supposed to better handle parcels. Parcels that require a signature will continue to be delivered to the door.
The Crown agency says the densest urban areas — larger cities — will be the last to see the end of home delivery.
The Telegram has been following this story for four months.
What we want to know
How long will door-to-door delivery continue in St. John’s and other areas in the province that have it?
Who has the answers?
According to a spokesman in Ottawa, door-to-door mail delivery is not scheduled to change in 2014 for areas of this province where it currently exists. A decision will be made later this year on which towns, communities or cities in the country will lose the service in 2015. There’s no firm date on when that announcement is expected. Those areas of the country that will be phased out in 2014 are included on a map at http://feedback.canadapost.ca/.