Laval joins forces with other Quebec municipalities against Canada Post

By Rhonda Massad

In 2013, Canada Post implemented a five point action plan, which is expected to contribute financial benefits of an estimated $700-900 million a year to the corporation’s bottom line, with hopes of curtailing massive losses.

Last week the mayor of Laval joined forces with Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) and the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ) to once again denounce the first and most publicized point of the action plan, to halt home delivery.

In October, Laval city council requested through resolution to postpone the implementation of point one of the plan in hopes of a compromise.

According to a recent city news release, 75,000 addresses currently enjoy home delivery.

“Beyond administrative considerations, there are human beings, people with disabilities and seniors who are directly affected by this decision. They must be taken into account,” stated Laval Mayor Marc Demers.

Eight hundred Laval residents employed by Canada Post stand to lose their jobs.

“These are people who risk losing their jobs or being relocated, in some cases, more than 50 km from their home. Canada Post does not take into account the damage it will cause, especially since it leaves no room for compromise. This decision is unacceptable and Laval can only benefit in joining the common front to denounce it,” he concluded.

In April 2013, a Conference Board of Canada study projected a financial loss of close to $1 billion by 2020, unless Canada Post makes fundamental changes to its business. A projection of that magnitude was directionally consistent with Canada Post’s own projections.

According to the Canadian Postal Service Charter the company is mandated to operate with revenues generated from the sale of its products without the input of taxpayers’ dollars. The other four parts of the action plan will touch such areas as a new approach to pricing letter mail, expanding convenience through postal franchises, streamlining operations and addressing the cost of labour. Two-thirds of Canadian households received their mail and parcels through community mailboxes prior to the implementation of the action plan.
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