West Islanders — specificially those in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pointe Claire, Kirkland, Dorval, Lachine and Montreal's Pierrefonds-Roxoboro and Ile-Bizard-Ste-Genevieve boroughs — will be among the first to lose their home mail delivery early in 2015.
By the end of 2015, all of the south shore will be losing theirs — with letter carriers in Longueuil, Brossard and St. Lambert slated to be the first to go.
People will be getting their mail at community mailboxes instead, as part of a cost-cutting measure announced by the federal government in December of last year. Under the plan, home delivery of mail in urban areas would be phased out entirely by 2019.
Alain Duguay, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for the Montreal region, says he was shocked as anyone to hear about the cuts.
"We are very frustrated to hear it from the media," he says. "We've been asking questions to Canada Post and never hearing any answers. We know it's going to be an issue during the next election [in 2015]."
He says his union has the public's support, and that they will fight the cuts with actions and demonstrations in the coming weeks and months.