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First communities for mail delivery changes announced

February 20, 2014  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Feb. 20, 2014, Ottawa — Canada Post has announced the first 11 communities that will make the switch from door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes.

The changeover is set for this fall and will mark the first stage of a five-year national initiative projected to save Canada Post between $400 and $500 million a year.

During this initial stage in larger cities, only a few specific neighbourhoods will be affected. Within these areas, most businesses will keep delivery to the door. In smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.


The following communities will be affected by today's announcement:

  • Neighbourhoods in Calgary (10,450 addresses)
  • Fort McMurray, Alta. (8,450 addresses)
  • Neighbourhoods in Winnipeg (12,500 addresses)
  • Oakville, Ont. (26,400 addresses)
  • Neighbourhoods in Kanata, Ont. (7,900 addresses)
  • Rosemère, Que. (3,350 addresses)
  • Lorraine, Que. (2,550 addresses)
  • Bois-des-Filion, Que. (2,750 addresses)
  • Charlemagne, Que. (1,300 addresses)
  • Repentigny, Que. (14,400 addresses)
  • Neighbourhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford areas of Halifax (9,950 addresses)

According to Canada Post, the neighbourhoods that have been chosen are all near areas that already have community mailboxes. As well, the operational structure needed to deliver to community mailboxes already exists in these communities, making for efficient early conversions.

There will be no change in delivery for business addresses if they are in well-established business areas, such as main streets and “business corridors,” or if they receive a relatively large volume of mail or parcels.

Affected addresses will receive an information package from Canada Post in the mail, explaining how they can express their preferences about the new mail delivery method. Canada Post will use this feedback to work with local officials to determine suitable locations for the community mailboxes.

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