Canada Post has announced it will be ending home delivery over the next five years, in favour of community post boxes. It’s a move some residents are already used to, including Sudbury resident Judith Tremblay.
Tremblay's mail service switched over a few years ago. Instead of getting mail at home, it now gets delivered to the post office.
It’s more convenient for her to get her mail at the post office, Tremblay said, but she doesn’t see it being a good move for everyone. She works with seniors and said many of them will have a hard time with the new system.
“Somebody who lives in an apartment building and [who] is isolated and has mobility issues isn’t going to be able to just scoot out and get their mail whenever they are expecting something,” she said. “They’re not going to be able to get their mail.”
A former postal service worker who worked with Canada Post in the 1990s said the announcement is sad, but added it was a long time coming.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say it has to happen, but it’s one of the many measures they’re looking at taking to survive,” Sean Brierley said.
“I just feel bad for the casual employees that Canada Post now employs, because they’re not going to get as many shifts, if any.”
Brierley said he’s worried for his friends who still work at the post office.
Canada Post expects that all home delivery will end by 2018, and up to 8,000 jobs could be lost because of the changes.