Canada Post to end community mailbox conversions as part of Liberal reforms

Canada Post worker Jerry Hale delivers mail door-to-door in northwest Calgary, Alta., on Wednesday December 11, 2013. It was reported earlier in the day that Canada Post plans to phase out its door-to-door delivery in favour of community boxes. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

The federal Liberals are expected to announce a number of planned changes at Canada Post, including to the Crown corporation’s financial rules. Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough is expected to roll out the new plan at a Canada Post plant in Mississauga, Ont., this morning.

But some 800,000 families who have already started walking down the street for their mail won’t see door-to-door delivery restored — a move that’s sure to upset postal workers who have demanded the post office turn back the clock on mailbox conversions.

The Liberals vaguely promised during the 2015 election campaign to “save home mail delivery” after the previous Conservative government decided to end it as a cost-saving measure and instead deliver letters to community mail boxes.

Officials say she will also introduce changes to the financial rules that drive Canada Post, emphasizing the need to make a profit, and then reinvest the extra money back into the Crown agency to improve services and become self-sustaining over the long run.

The government will also ask Canada Post to capitalize on a boom in its parcel services, since that’s where the money and growth are.Canada Post will also be expected to look at how other countries have used weekend delivery or parcel lockers to bolster their postal service revenues, and ways to leverage the fact Canada Post has a presence in even the smallest of Canadian communities, and could be used to deliver other government services.