West Island, South Shore first on Canada Post chopping block

Residents of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Dorval, Lachine, Pierrefonds-Roxboro and L'Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève will be among the first to switch over to community mailboxes in early 2015.

Door-to-door mail delivery in some West Island and South Shore neighbourhoods will end in early 2015

Canada Post is phasing out home-delivery service across the country, and hopes to have the conversion completed by 2019.

Several municipalities and neighbourhoods on the West Island and South Shore are scheduled to lose their door-to-door mail delivery service at the start of 2015.

Residents of Dollard-des-OrmeauxPointe-Claire, Kirkland, DorvalLachinePierrefonds-Roxboro and L'Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève will be among the first to switch over to community mailboxes in early 2015.

What Canada Post's community mailboxes will look like when they are implemented in neighbourhoods across the country starting this fall. (Canada Post)

In addition to that, CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada has learned that by the end of next year, the entire South Shore will have lost its at-home mail delivery. Longueuil, Brossard and St-Lambert will be the first to see their letter carriers disappear.

"Canada Post is currently reaching out to approximately 70,000 addresses in the greater Montreal area to be converted to community mailboxes in the spring of 2015. This will be in addition to the approximately 24,000 addresses to be converted to community mailboxes in the Montreal area later this year," Canada Post spokeswoman Carley Smith told CBC News in an email.

Canada Post announced in December it plans to cut home delivery service in urban areas and switch people over to community mailboxes by 2019.

Smith said people living in buildings where the mail is delivered to a central lobby, or for those who live in rural areas and have their own mailbox at the end of their driveways. 

A spokesman for the union representing postal workers in the Montreal area said he was aware Terrebonne and Mascouche would be affected, but he’s frustrated to learn about other affected communities through the media.

The union estimates between 6,000 and 8,000 mail carrier jobs will be cut in the conversion.


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