MP for Sault Ste. Marie, Terry Sheehan, listened to a open group tonight at City Hall sharing their concerns with Canada Post in order for his government to get feeback on what to do.
“During the election we made a promise to get a moratorium on the past government’s idea to get rid of door-to-door service,” Sheehan said tonight.
“By December 2016 I want to have this report tabled.”
There are currently 6,200 postal outlets in Canada with 64,000 employees.
“We’re not looking for a consensus. We are just gathering ideas,” he said.
Some of the ideas and thoughts put forward tonight:
- expand the retail side of Canada Post to include lottery, banking, clothes, etc.
- there is no banking outlet currently in Prince Township so if Canada Post had one there it would benefit that community
- cutting back service to a few days a week
- expanding service to 7 days a week
- the community of Red Rock currently has to drive 15 km to receive their mail and they would like that to change
- discounted mail for the holidays
- not allowing the postage rate to exceed the cost of buying a holiday or celebration card
- looking to the American services to see what they are offering and try to copy it
- a Canada Post banking system that offered better rates than the big banks
- every mailbox being standardized in its location so that it reduces time and risk to postal emplyees
- electric carts for the letter carriers to reduce strain
- the potential lockout costed the company lots of money
- the issue of direct deposits affecting the amount of mail being sent out
- and that Canada Post get into the snow removal business
Forms were handed out to get feedback from the consumers and employees of Canada Post.
Information and concerns can be sent to a Twitter account on this matter at #CPReview2016 or on Facebook at CANADAPOSTREVIEW. You can also find the review on Canada.ca/CanadaPostReview