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Canada Post's delivery methods and the average annual cost per address.
Reaction continues to pour in following news Canada Post is cutting door-to-door mail delivery in urban centres across Canada and hiking the price of stamps.
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern over the increased cost of letter mail announced by Canada Post.
“The chamber certainly recognizes that the business model has changed and that efficiencies must be found within Canada Post,” said chamber president Keith O’Neill.
“The price increases announced by Canada Post are excessive and will have a significant impact on many small businesses, not for-profit organizations and individuals.”
Carl Pursey, president at the P.E.I. Federation of Labour, says the 8,000 job cuts across Canada will not only be felt by the workers.
“We are all affected by these cuts, but the worst hit will be people living with disabilities and seniors,” said Pursey.
“The loss to business will also have an economic impact due to the loss of these good-paying jobs.”
Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay described the changes as the “complete slashing” of Canada’s postal services by the Conservatives.
“The Conservative government is basically slashing Canada Post out of existence and this has me extremely concerned,” said MacAulay.
“The fact is these changes will make things very tough for the elderly, people with disabilities, people on a fixed or low incomes, and the many people who still rely on Canada’s postal service to meet their needs at an affordable price.”
On Dec. 11, Canada Post announced the end of door-to-door delivery in urban centres, increasing the price of stamps and cutting up to 8,000 jobs in an effort to return the Crown corporation to financial stability by 2019.
Canada Post has “a responsibility to be self-sufficient,” Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said during a CTV interview.