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Canada Post changes to affect Sault Ste. Marie (2 photos)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

The loss of urban home mail delivery is one of the biggest changes announced by Canada Post Wednesday that will affect people from coast to coast, including Sault Ste. Marie, as the corporation aims to address a decline in the amount of mail it handles and resulting financial losses.

The across-the-board introduction of community mailboxes (which means many of us, with the exception of apartment dwellers, will have to walk down the street to collect our daily mail) comes as a result of an increase in online communication and an accompanying decline in the amount of regular mail Canada Post processes.

The community mailboxes are already standard in all new subdivisions, but will come as a new inconvenience by those of us accustomed to having our daily mail delivered by hard-working mail carriers.

Beginning March 31, 2014, a roll of stamps will cost 85 cents per stamp, individual stamps costing one dollar each.

The nation-wide community mailbox system (to be established over the next five years), higher postal rates effective March 31, 2014, an increase in the number of franchised post office outlets and a whopping cut of 6,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next five years are the measures being taken to address Canada Post’s losses, which were reported at $109 million for the third quarter of 2013.

Canada Post claims that, despite the cut of 6,000 to 8,000 jobs, it expects approximately 15,000 of its employees will leave the company or retire over the next five years.

Canada Post says if the changes are not brought in, it could lose $1 billion annually by 2020.   

The corporation expects to save $500 million through the community mailboxes, and $700 million to $900 million per year as a result of all of its changes, with a view to achieving financial stability by 2019.

It is not yet known when the first new community mailboxes will be introduced in Sault Ste. Marie, neither how many Sault mail carriers will lose their jobs. 

It is estimated there are approximately 70 mail carriers in the Sault and immediate surrounding area. 

SooToday.com contacted local Canada Post officials Wednesday, who in turn referred us to a Canada Post spokesperson in Mississauga.

That person was not available for comment, but we were awaiting word from another Canada Post media relations source Wednesday afternoon.

SooToday.com will have more information as to how these changes will affect our community as it becomes available. 

To read a statement issued today by Canada Post, please click here

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Tom_Bom 12/11/2013 2:54:45 PM Report

You're got to be kidding me. So instead of going downstairs in my appartment complex to get my mail, I'm now going to have to go down the stairs, and up the street to god knows where, JUST to check out the possibility of having mail? That's ridiculous!

I say let the private sector take this one on. Let the free market decide the mails fate.
guido78 12/11/2013 3:01:58 PM Report

I agree. Privatize it!! Canada Post and "mailpersons" will sadly be a part of history.
Number One Son 12/11/2013 3:03:47 PM Report

I saw this coming years ago and was one of the reasons I retired from Canada Post when I did. This is largely due to the projected deficit in Canada Post's contribution to the pension plan to keep it solvent, which could be as much as one billion dollars a year.

To let the private sector take it over will not offer Canadian any relief. If that happens, you can expect to pay 2 or 3 dollars to mail a letter. If you want to send something to a remote area such as Searchmont (yes, that would be considered remote), you should expect several days to a week or moe for delivery. It is a sign of the times, ... sucks to be a Postal Worker today.
cub 12/11/2013 3:05:29 PM Report

I sure hope they consider the placement of these boxes as to permit parking for more than one vehicle. To consider traffic conjection and potential for personal injury/loss/damage to vehicle.
Sam C 12/11/2013 3:13:38 PM Report

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

A decrease in service AND a huge increase in the price of stamps? Canada Post may as well shut its doors now.

And when you're looking for an alternative for packages, etc, remember that Canada Post OWNS Purolator.
buddyjewel 12/11/2013 3:14:59 PM Report

Sounds familiar, increased user costs and a reduction in service!
Why am I not surprised!
Mr E 12/11/2013 3:30:44 PM Report

Hopefully they install Yellow boxes next to the mailboxes to collect my junk mail.
I think we saw this coming. What valuable mail does anyone get anymore? Almost everything is paperless or couriered.

The sad thing is we also moved mail sorting to Toronto which doesn't bode any better for our local carriers/workers.
Coo1 12/11/2013 3:42:07 PM Report

Another way to move northern jobs, south. Absolutely stupid.
POKER 12/11/2013 3:54:12 PM Report

Good move by Canada Post. Let's hope they look for other cost cutting moves. Maybe reduce mail delivery to 2 or 3 days a week?
edz 12/11/2013 4:18:58 PM Report

I'm surprised they kept up delivery this long! Tom I think your apartment building's mailboxes are already considered community mailboxes. Dead Head kid give it a little shake you'll be alright. Email, online bills and bill payment, UPS and other delivery from online purchases, no kidding they lose money.
right wing 12/11/2013 5:05:21 PM Report

Apartments with the multiple mail boxes will stay the same.
Two thirds of Canada already receive their mail this way.
Home delivery is one of the last personal services and it was destined to be eliminated.
With the age of the computer mail volumes have dropped significantly.
I applaud Canada Post for doing what it must to survive in the black not in the red!
zardoz 12/11/2013 5:37:23 PM Report

One less service and another loss of good paying jobs.
Searching78 12/11/2013 5:43:19 PM Report

What about the elderly? are they gonna be expected to hobble down the street in their wheel chairs and canes to get mail? Im wondering if this would affect houses only.. i can't see them changing for apartment complexes as essentially we are already on that system.. all our mail boxes are in one spot together..
northernmale 12/11/2013 5:50:53 PM Report

I think before they are allowed to cut jobs I would like to see what the top dogs get payed.I am sure the more money they save the better the bonus is for them.Just look at the banks.
Dead End Kid 12/11/2013 8:21:36 PM Report

edz, all I can say is that I'm glad that you're not running the country.

Most seniors are not on line and they depend on the mail delivered to their door. They worry about these kind of things and this will prove be a major inconvenience to them. I didn't call you a name like you did to me but believe me I really wanted to.
JustMe1234567 12/11/2013 11:05:59 PM Report

Now I know why the government will no longer be mailing out old age pension cheques starting in 2014. Will only allow direct deposit to a bank account.
hmmmm
conspiracy.
Knew the price of a stamp was going to skyrocket, no more mailing. save bazillions.


sarasota 12/12/2013 10:04:21 AM Report

Changes are always difficult and making it more difficult to get one's mail makes it even worse. A large percentage are up with current technology but unfortunately not all seniors. Seniors are the ones who will mostly be affected. There is value in teaching our children and youth the importance of sending a thank you card or acknowledging a special event via "hard copy" mail. Another difficult decision....."do I spend my $ on a double double at Tim's or do I purchase a stamp and send my dear loved one a note to sweeten up their day??
kamen 12/12/2013 11:24:13 AM Report

I don't care so much that I will have to walk to get my mail, but the elderly and the disabled can't be expected to do so....there are only 70 mail carriers in the sault and surrounding area. It can't cost that much to have them deliver the mail, we need the mail delivered to our homes much more than we need the newspaper. Better go buy a ton of stamps now....but I am guessing the cost of shipping and such is going to go up too.....how big are these mail boxes going to be? I expect a lot of people are going to have to go directly to the post offices to pick up packages, half the packages I order online wouldn't fit in my mail box and therefore I will end up having to go straight to the post office to pick them up...
Dead End Kid 12/12/2013 4:07:33 PM Report

It is ten years too early to implement this move. So much for sending and receiving Christmas cards and letters for many of our seniors.
frizz 12/12/2013 9:47:55 PM Report

+ves: We live in town and our neighborhood has had community mailboxes for ages. Everyone deals with it. We didn't have a choice. It's not so bad except for the
-ves: I occasionally have to deliver mail to some neighbor from a completely different street than mine with the same house number. Nice I met new people from another neighbourhood, not nice Canada Post wouldn't accept the complaint and told me there was nothing they could do. NOt nice- I often miss mail that never comes because other neighbours are not so nice and probably toss my mail. I could go on but Canada Post is dying a slow death and now I will just do even more online because service is just going to continue to decline. I won't spend more. They can have their dollar stamps. Online is easier and instant. Canada Post is a slow boat to goodness knows where. They did this to themselves through poor service delivery times and costs of shipping. Sad but reality.
guestwho 12/13/2013 12:47:43 AM Report

I get my mail from the green boxes,problem with them is that the delivery people don`t seem to know how to read,always getting mail that`s not mine or getting my mail from the neighbours,many times opened because they assume it`s their mail!
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