Canada post announced the first phase of its five year plan to eliminate home mail delivery Thursday morning. Five of the eleven targeted communities are just east and north of Montreal.
Mail delivery will come to an end for more than 24 000 homeowners in Rosemere ( 3350 addresses), Lorraine (2550 addresses), Bois-des-Filion (2750 addresses) , Charlemagne (1300 addresses), and Repentigny (14,400 addresses) this fall.
Residents will have to make their way to community mailboxes to pick up their mail, unless they live in apartment buildings, seniors homes or condominiums, which will have mail delivered to the building’s lobby.
“I’m very disappointed with the whole system, what they’re doing is not right,” Eugene Cabral, who’s been a mailman in Repentigny for 15 years, told CJAD.
“I have a lot of elderly and disabled customers who can’t come outside to pick up their mail, they have a hard time walking, they’re very disappointed, a lot of them are alone and won’t have anyone to talk to anymore.”
Cabral said he found out about the change through the media, just like everyone else. He also said he's petrified about losing his job.
“I’m very deceived about this decision, it was taken unitarily by Canada Post,” Chantal Deschamps, Repentigny mayor said.
Deschamps said they are evaluating how this will impact the community and then they'll decide if they want to fight it.
Canada Post will be sending information packages about the changes to the affected homeowners by mail.
Canada Post announced in December that it would phase out urban home mail delivery and layoff up to eight thousand workers to cut rising costs.