Canada Post cuts delivery to 73,518 Laval addresses

by Rhonda Massad
With files from Robert Frank

Starting this fall 73,518 Laval residents will be cut from home mail delivery announced Canada Post last week. All boroughs of Île Jésus will be affected, with the exception of Duvernay, Saint Vincent de Paul and St. Francis, which depend on another service depot for their delivery.

The transition of community mail box service will involve the addresses where the postal code begins with H7G, H7H, H7K, H7L, H7M, H7N, H7P, H7R, H7S, H7T, H7V, H7W, H7X and H7Y.

The Suburban reported last month that Montreal’s Commission sur le développement social et la diversité montréalaise (CDSDM) will hold public meetings on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, and January 19, 20 and 21, 2015, on the impact of Canada Post’s decision to eliminate home mail delivery in urban areas for the population of Montreal.

The Suburban sought comments from Senator Larry Smith on the issue earlier this fall, who explained that only two years ago, “Canada Post delivered one billion fewer letters than it did in 2006.”

“Canadians are choosing to communicate in ways other than sending letters,” said Smith. “Due to the lack of demand, mail volumes have dropped almost 25 per cent since 2008 and continue to fall.”

Canadians are also shopping online in greater numbers, and ordering more items, Canada Post sees community mailboxes as a secure and convenient way to receive their parcels.
In a report by Canada Post in 2012, the Conference Board of Canada projected that Canada Post could record financial losses of roughly $1 billion a year by 2020.
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