The federal government’s 2016 review of Canada Post was concluded last week with Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s announcement of a vision for the future of Canada Post based on the review. The Minister presented the vision as putting service to Canadians at the heart of Canada Post Corporation’s (CPC) renewed mandate.
Media Release - OTTAWA – Door-to-door protected for millions, but fight to restore the cuts carries on. This morning, after a year of review and another year of delays, the federal government finally made public its vision for a renewed Canada Post. Some four million households can now rest easy that their door-to-door service will not be cut, but more than 800,000 are still out in the cold.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has reviewed the 2016 discussion paper of the Task Force for the Canada Post Corporation Review entitled Canada Post in the Digital Age. We believe that the financial projections and the observations on postal banking contained in the 2016 Task Force discussion paper should be disregarded as they are based on errors, omissions, misrepresentations and unsupported speculation.
Dear Mr. Lukiwski: I have attached CUPW’s promised critique of the discussion paper that was produced by the Canada Post Review Task Force. As you will see from this document, the Task Force’s paper misrepresents the financial realities of Canada Post as well as other matters. It uses very selective information and omits important developments that will dramatically impact the future of our public postal service. The paper also gets some basic facts wrong.
The federal government says it wants to ensure that “Canadians receive quality postal services at a reasonable price.”
It’s asking Canadians for our input. So, how do you think our national postal service should change with the times?
1. Door-to-door delivery: Canada Post and the Conservative government plan on taking away door-to-door delivery from over five million Canadian households and replacing it with community mailbox delivery. This is going to create huge problems for residents, especially seniors and people with mobility issues. About 600 municipalities have passed resolutions opposing this cut or calling for a halt to the postal cuts announced in December 2013 until there is proper consultation.
Support Postal Banking - Download and Sign the Petition
Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services. As well, nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders. A postal bank could be that alternative. Download and sign the petition urging the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to add postal banking, with a mandate for financial inclusion.