Canada Post community mailbox program halt too late for thousands in Ottawa
Ottawa addresses scheduled to lose door-to-door delivery in October will still go through the transition to community mailboxes despite today’s announcement by Canada Post that the controversial program has been put on hold.
Those whose postal codes begin with K2G, K2E, K2C, K1S, K1Z — an estimated 34,000 addresses that receive deliveries from the Merivale and Parkdale depots — transitioned to community mailboxes today, said Ian Anderson, the president of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Canada Post confirmed that those Ottawa addresses are not part of the roughly 460,000 addresses across the country included in the program suspension.
“In neighbourhoods where the 10-month internal and community conversion process is complete, customers will collect mail and parcels at their community mailbox. This includes customers set to begin receiving their mail and parcels in their boxes in October. We remain focused on maintaining reliable postal service to all Canadians without disruption,” Canada Post said in a news release.
Kanata addresses with the postal codes K2K, K2L and K2M, as well as Barrhaven addresses with the K2J postal code, began using the community mailboxes earlier this year.
Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau promised during the federal election campaign that a Liberal government would stop the Conservative plan to end door-to-door mail delivery.
The Liberal Party has so far declined to comment on the Canada Post announcement.
Outgoing Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, whose portfolio includes Canada Post, said Canada Post is an “arm’s-length Crown corporation” that makes decisions independent of government.