Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery isn’t practical: Mayor Tory
A mock-up of the new Canada Post community mailboxes is pictured. (Canada Post)
Josh Dehaas, CTV Toronto
Published Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:33PM EST
Mayor John Tory says Canada Post’s plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery isn’t practical and he would rather not see it happen.
The mayor made the remarks while responding to a question from a Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) representative during a call-in show on CP24.
“They’re going to have difficultly doing what they want to do,” he said of Canada Post.
“In the downtown neighbourhoods, where are they going to put the super mailboxes?” he said.
He was referring to the outdoor community boxes that are expected to replace door-to-door delivery for about five million addresses nationwide.
“What are they going to do about seniors, frail seniors who aren’t able to go to the super mailbox to get their mail?” he added.
Mayor Tory said that he would rather see Canada Post reduce the number of days they deliver mail door-to-door than to have it cut altogether.
Canada Post began phasing out door-to-door delivery in October. The process is expected to take five years to complete. Service has already changed in a number of cities, including Oakville, Ont., Winnipeg, Calgary and Halifax.
Canada Post says the shift to community mailboxes will save the crown corporation between $400 million and $500 million annually.
CUPW has launched a constitutional challenge in federal court over the change, saying the plan violates the rights of senior citizens and people living with disabilities.
With files from The Canadian Press