Canada Post has said they are suspending plans to convert door-to-door mail delivery into community mailboxes.
Around 460,000 addresses were in the process of the conversion, and efforts are now underway to halt it entirely “in an orderly fashion.”
In neighbourhoods where the 10-month-long conversion is already complete, customers will have to use their community mailboxes. Those customers are set to receive their mail in those boxes starting this month.
Canada Post said in a statement that they are committed to working collaboratively with the Government of Canada “to determine the best path forward given the ongoing challenges faced by the Canadian postal system.”
Phasing out door-to-door delivery was expected to take place over a period of five years and was going to reduce Canada Post’s staff by 6,000 to 8,000 positions. The financial benefits were expected to be in the $700 million to $900 million range per year.