Canada Post mail change troubles downtown Ottawa

With Canada Post announcing the end to door-to-door delivery in urban centres, we look at how and where Ottawa residents receive their mail.

More than 250,000 houses, apartments and businesses get mail from a letter carrier

Phasing out door-to-door delivery concerns some Ottawa residents. 3:10

Slowly but surely over the next five years, Ottawans who live in urban parts of the city will be forced to switch from door-to-door mail delivery to collecting it from community "superboxes."

Canada Post's Wednesday announcement that they'll be phasing out home delivery for the remaining one-third of Canadians upset some downtown residents, such as Gordon Fulton.

"I don't like it, I'd rather have my home delivery," he said.

"That's one of the reasons why we live in the downtown area, so we can get mail on a regular basis without having to go down the block."

Ann Mully said she has mobility issues and getting mail from a community box won't be possible for her.

"It makes life more difficult than it already is, [I'll] need to get someone else to fetch it," she said.

Ottawans living in the city's suburbs and rural areas, such as Sonja Burrows, have already been living with community mailboxes.

"You don't have to walk far to get to them, they're usually within a block or two," she said.

Canada Post is also increasing the cost of stamps to 85 cents if bought in a pack and will be cutting as many as 8,000 jobs.

They had been projected to have a $1 billion deficit by 2020.

By the numbers

With Canada Post announcing the end of door-to-door delivery in urban centres, we looked at how and where Ottawa residents receive their mail.

As the below graphic shows, 146,662 houses, 97,317 apartment units and 15,589 businesses rely on letter carriers to deliver mail to their door. The graphic shows mail delivery from Nov. 15 to Dec. 12, 2013.

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