Canada Post will phase out door-to-door delivery within the next five years and convert to community mailbox delivery. The reason was due to significant financial losses.
Over the next five years, the one third of Canadian households that receive their mail at their door will be converted to community mailbox delivery. This change will help cut between 6,000 and 8,000 positions, “mostly through attrition,” and provide significant savings to Canada Post. It will have no impact on the two thirds of Canadian households that already receive their mail and parcels through community mailboxes, grouped or lobby mailboxes or rural mailboxes.
Community mailboxes have advantages as they offer individually locked mail and small packet compartments as well as locked compartments for securely receiving parcels.
The initial neighbourhoods slated for conversion in the second half of 2014 will be announced once plans are finalized. The transition is expected to take 5 years to complete on a national scale.
In addition, stamps will now cost $1 per stamp. If you are buying stamps in booklets or coils, they will cost $0.85 per stamp. These stamp price changes will take effect March 31, 2014.