Plans for 2015 home delivery cancels becoming clear

Canada Post has not formally announced which communities will lose home delivery in 2015, but the word is leaking out through local announcements.

While the corporation has yet to work out all its details for the next year, some communities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia know their turn is next.

Canada Post has confirmed that plans, at least in part, include more than 20,000 addresses in the B.C. communities of Victoria, Langford, Colwood, Saanish, Esquimault, View Royal, Campbell River, and Songhees First Nation. The effected postal codes start with V9A, V9B, V9C, V9W, and V8L.

More than 10,000 addresses in Medicine Hat, Alta., with postal codes T1A, T1B, and T1C are on the block.

In Sask., about 10,000 addresses in the communities of Prince Albert, Yorkton, Estevan, and Moose Jaw are included. The postal codes start with S6V, S6W and S6X.

Cuts in Ont., will include more than 10,000 homes in Woodstock, Simcoe, and Delhi, with postal codes N2S, N4B, N4T, and N4V.

Since the plan to halt home delivery was announced earlier this year, Canada Post has implemented the first round to cancellations. In October of this year delivery was ended for 74,000 addresses. November was expected to see service dropped to another 26,000 addresses. Communities affected included Montreal, Quebec; Oakville and Kanata, Ont.; Halifax, N.S; Winnipeg, Man.; and Calgary and Fort McMurray, Alta.

Since Canada Post’s plan calls for eliminating service to five million addresses across Canada over five years, close to one million addresses could be cut in 2015.

Home addresses scheduled to lose door-to-door delivery as a result of the conversion will receive an information package with a mail-in survey.

This package will inform homeowners on how they can express their priorities and preferences about this new delivery method.

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