Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door delivery in urban areas over the next several years in an effort to stem the Crown Corporation’s losses.
Canada Post laid out a five-point plan they say will form the foundation of a new postal system.
- Community mailboxes for all urban areas. The change over will take about five years.
- Higher priced stamps – individual stamps will now cost $1, and stamps bought in booklets or coils will cost $.85. The new prices will start March 31, 2014.
- More franchise postal outlets in stores.
- Streamlining operations through better technology, consolidation and more fuel efficient vehicles for delivery.
- Attrition — Canada Post expects 15,000 of its employees to retire or leave the company within the next five years, more than enough, they said, to reduce the workforce by the expected 6,000-8,000 employees needed to reduce labour costs.