The letter carrier will no longer be stopping at the doors of Canadians who live in urban areas.
Canada Post plans to phase-out, door-to-door delivery in cities and towns and replace the service with community mail boxes.
That will mean eight-thousand job losses, mainly through attrition. The phase-out is expected to take five years.
About one-third of Canadians still receive their mail door-to-door.
Also, the cost of a stamp will rise dramatically. A single stamp will cost one dollar starting on March 31st.
N-D-P caucus chair Peter Julian is outraged that the announcement came after Parliament rose for the Christmas break. He says there should have been discussion about other alternatives.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is also critical of the timing but Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is defending Canada Post’s decision noting that Canadians are sending less mail than ever, leaving Canada Post with some tough financial decisions.
She supports it’s efforts to become what she calls “self-sustaining” on behalf of Canadian taxpayers.