Thousands of Prince Edward Islanders will be getting new addresses this fall, as Canada Post gets rid of rural route numbers around Charlottetown.

'It's also more user friendly.' — Tina Bonner, Canada Post

The Crown corporation will instead start using civic addresses, just as they do in the city. Canada Post spokeswoman Tina Bonner said the change will be an improvement for customers.

"Communicating with their municipality, or with the province, with local utilities, et cetera, is a lot easier," said Bonner.

"It's also more user friendly if you're doing business, ordering items, filing taxes, anything online, by using a civic address."

The change will affect 6,000 homes and businesses.

Canada Post says people living in the affected area will soon get a letter about the change. New postal codes will also be assigned.