They have larger compartments for parcels and the individual compartments for mail have more room: Canada Post unveiled a new design for community mailboxes it’s using to replace home delivery today.
Two neighbourhoods in northwest Winnipeg will be among the 11 areas across the country to be the first to get community mailboxes in the fall, the first step in ending home delivery.
At the same time the new mailboxes were unveiled, Canada Post was referring customers to a new survey it says will help them serve you better.
It asks questions like whether you own or rent your home, and whether your home mail delivery has increased or declined over the past three years or so. Then the survey takes participants through a power-point presentation on the advantages to phasing out home delivery and continues on questions like do you want your mail box in a large community style bank of the boxes or a small neighbourhood cluster.
Details on when and where the newly redesigned boxes will be up and running in Winnipeg were not available today.
Earlier last month Canada Post said the 11 communities across Canada where mail will be delivered to new community mailboxes beginning in the fall of 2014. This is the first stage of a five-year national initiative involving roughly 5 million addresses.
In the larger cities in this initial stage, only a few specific neighbourhoods will be affected. Within the affected areas, most businesses will keep delivery to the door. In the smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.
In Winnipeg that includes approximately 12,500 addresses with postal codes that start with R2P and R2V.