Post # 1
Canada Post is planning on eliminating door to door service and stamps are going up, from $0.63 to $0.85 – quite a jump! That’s just for the rolls, individually they will be $1. I’ll be stocking up before March!
I don’t think the door to door service will be a huge loss, I didn’t know it still occurred.
Post # 3
@AB Bride: I live in a highrise condo building so of course, it’s a super box. My parents’ house (uptown Toronto) gets mail delivered to a superbox (one on each block). When I lived in a house in a historical neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, we got mail straight to our door.
I have 1000 stamps that I’ve been holding onto, so the price rising is so great! I can sell them and make money lol!
Post # 4
Wow! That’s insane!! My dad is a door-to-door postman but he’s taking his retirement end of January!
Post # 5
@AB Bride: My parents live in a small town and don’t get their mail to their door. Its a big box, the next street over. I didn’t even know door-to-door was still a thing..
I live in a high rise condo, so obviously no door-to-door for me.
I’ll certainly be stocking up on stamps before March though!
Post # 6
@AB Bride: We get ours from a super box and live in the U.S but my grandparents & DH’s parents who live in an older US towns have their mail delivered to the front door through a mail slot.
Post # 7
@Payless: It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a working mail slot. I think my grandparents might have on their door, but it’s a double door now.
Post # 8
@KC-2722: Thinking about the stats, I’m surprised. 1/3 still get door to door. I know my last childhood home had a superbox from the time we moved there (I was about 8). My current house has one. I would assume all condos/apartments have a superbox. Do 1/3 of Canadians really live in an urban centre, in an old area, in non-high density homes?
Post # 9
@AB Bride: My grandparents have the mail slot to the left of their door on the wall and then DHs parents have the slot on the door 🙂
Both are still up and running lol
Post # 10
I’m so mad at both of those things. Stamps going up to 85 cents? Holy moly. I’ll get used to it, I guess.
But I’m more annoyed with their cancellation of door-to-door service, for a couple of reasons. I know that most newer neighbourhoods in Canada have the community super box, so it won’t affect them. However, all I’ve ever known is door to door delivery, because I’ve only ever lived in older neighbourhoods in Toronto, and currently live downtown in such a neighbourhood (most Torontonians do). It’s super convenient – I don’t have to leave my house to get the mail since it comes right through the door. I also like when I get to interact with my mailman (he’s had this route for quite a while). You get to know them a bit and I’m going to miss that personal mail delivery. I can get used to the super box though, but it will be an adjustment. I think the boxes are unsightly though.
What concerns me more is the following:
- What will happen to the employees who do the door to door delivery? Is Canada Post cutting jobs (like public service job under this government, ugh). I hope that these people will be reassigned somewhere else.
- What happens if you are disabled or elderly, and you have relied on the convenience of mail being delivered to your door? Not everyone has a personal care worker who could fetch the mail for them, so now is everyone who is housebound or of limited mobility supposed to have someone else get their mail for them?
- What if my mail gets put in the wrong slot (i.e. mailman isn’t paying attention), or someone manages to take it? I still get a lot of important stuff through the mail and I like the security of having documents delivered right through the slot in the door.
Post # 11
What!!! How are they jumping that much??!? I better stock up on stamps for our thank you cards. Does it work like that though – or will they send it back and need more postage?
Post # 12
@musical-lady: The link says that positions will be eliminated, but that the expected number of people quitting or retireing is still well above that number. They basically won’t hire new people to fill all of the old positions.
I don’t think it will increase errors. When we’ve had errors in the past, it’s been because it wasn’t sorted right and should have gone to a totally different street/superbox.
The security might improve, depending on the situation. I thought most with door to door got it in a mailbox at their door which typically aren’t locked.
I agree about the elderly/disabled, but hopefully there is someone who can help them out. Usually it’s on the same street. The seniors homes I see have the box in the lobby, so even then, it’s not right to their door.
Post # 13
@Pinkmoon: Just make sure you get the ‘forever’ stamps or whatever they are called. The ones with the symbol instead of a price on them.
Post # 14
I’m from PEI, I’ve never even seen anything but door to door mail. I’ve never seen a super box before.
Post # 16
@AB Bride: YIKES! I better get some stamps before March for my wedding invites!
My mail comes to my door (pretty much…I’m in an apartment building so it’s in a bank of boxes in the entry way) I’ve never had to go to a superbox – I know that’s how my sister gets her mail in NL and all new subdivisions in St. John’s have them.