A total of 12,500 addresses in north Winnipeg will lose their home mail delivery in the fall of 2014 as Canada Post moves to community mailboxes.
The areas first affected, those with postal codes that start with R2P and R2V, will include sections of the Maples, West Kildonan and the North End.
The Crown corporation announced today that Winnipeg will be among the first batch of 11 communities across Canada to move to new community. mailboxes. This is the first stage of a five-year national initiative involving roughly five million addresses.
The neighbourhoods that have been chosen are near areas that already have community mailboxes, Canada Post said in a news release today.
As well, the operational structure needed to deliver to community mailboxes already exists in these communities, which makes them most suitable for efficient early conversion.
There will be no change in delivery for:
- people living in apartment buildings, seniors’ buildings and condominiums who have mail delivered in the building lobby.
- customers who have mail delivered to a rural mailbox at the end of a driveway.
- business addresses if they are in well-established business areas, such as main streets or "business corridors," or receive a relatively large volume of mail or parcels.
Affected residents will soon receive an information package from Canada Post in the mail. It will tell them how they can express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Using the feedback from residents, Canada Post will work with local municipal officials to determine suitable locations for the community mailboxes.
Roughly five million Canadian addresses, or about one-third of the addresses in the country, still have mail delivery to the door. The other two-thirds of addresses have mail delivery to a centralized point such as an apartment lobby box, a post office, or to a community mailbox (a delivery method that has been in widespread use for about 30 years), or to a rural mailbox.
Once fully implemented, the community mailbox initiative is forecasted to save $400 million to $500 million a year.
The 11 initial communities and the approximate number of affected addresses are:
- some neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Man. (12,500 addresses)
- some neighbourhoods in Calgary, Alta. (10,450 addresses)
- Fort McMurray, Alta. (8,450 addresses)
- Oakville, Ont. (26,400 addresses)
- in Ottawa, Ont., neighbourhoods in Kanata (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)
- and in Halifax, N.S., neighbourhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford areas (9,950 addresses).