Councillors from rural Alberta, Moncton, and downtown Toronto unite in desire for local input in Canada Post reform
October 20, 2016 (Sturgeon County, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Moncton, New Brunswick). As the first round of Canada-wide public meetings on reforms to Canada Post come to an end, local Councillors representing rural, suburban, and urban governments from across Canada uncharacteristically united with a common message – let’s keep Canada Post mail delivery flexible and secure.
Echoing the position of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Councillors requested more local influence over delivery models and siting of community mailboxes, and greater security of mail delivery.
“We agree the mail delivery system needs to change, we cannot apply the same model across all of Canada. Local community conditions must shape how we securely and safely deliver mail,” said Councillor Mike Layton, City of Toronto (pop. 2.6 million). “One size does not fit all, and a solution for one community might not work in another.”
High density neighbourhoods struggle with the size and volume of community mailboxes required, and a lack of space to house them in a cost effective and convenient manner, while rural municipalities struggle with safety and security concerns over lack of supervision.
“Identity theft, robbery, and vandalism are all real problems in our community arising from unsupervised community and super mailboxes,” said Councillor Wayne Bokenfohr, Sturgeon County, Alberta. “Where possible, we should protect door-to-door delivery to rural mailboxes and develop new tools for ensuring community mailboxes are safe and secure.”
Loss of door-to-door service, public safety and security, and placement of community and super mailboxes are all concerns that have been voiced by municipal governments across Canada.
To date, over 600 municipalities and 13 municipal organizations have passed resolutions, or sent letters to the federal government, in support of door-to-door delivery, or calling for a halt to delivery changes until there is proper consultation. Several municipalities have called on the federal government to look at postal banking as an option for ensuring the long term viability of Canada Post.
In the 2015 election campaign, the Liberal Party released A New Plan for a Strong Middle Class and promised to “save home mail delivery” and “stop Stephen Harper’s plan to end door-to-door mail delivery in Canada and undertake a new review of Canada Post to make sure that it provides high-quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live” (A New Plan for a Strong Middle Class).
“This federal government committed to saving home delivery and to ensuring all municipalities had high quality mail service,” said Councillor Shawn Crossman, City of Moncton, (pop. 65,000) “We must now work together to make sure any new plan meets the individual needs of communities across Canada.”
Canadians can submit their comments online until Friday, October 21st at www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/OGGO.
Marco Bianchi, Office of Councillor Mike Layton
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