The necessary evil of reducing Canada Post

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In an apparent bid to help Canadians lose weight, Canada Post announced Wednesday that all home mail delivery service will stop over the next five years.

This will mean Canadians will have to trudge a little farther down the road to pick up their snail mail in community mailboxes.

So assuming a 200-pound human walks one kilometre in about 10 minutes (according the Internet) they burn 75 calories. That’s 180,000 calories a year.

There’s about 282 calories in a 100-gram steak – so that person could theoretically add (roughly) 638 steaks to their diet over the course of the year and come out even in terms of where they would have been if Canada Post had kept a delivery person coming to their door.  

Gee. Thanks Canada Post. Always looking out for us.

In all seriousness though, the loss of Canada Post’s urban home delivery is a relatively small price to pay to keep the Crown corporation afloat.

The unfortunate truth is that Canada Post is bleeding money and is at risk of losing its self-sufficiency, which means taxpayers will be called upon to bail it out if something doesn’t change.

The company already lost $109 million for the period ending in September and $145 million in the same time frame the year before.

The corporation said on Wednesday that it is facing a $1-billion deficit by 2020.

It was time for tough choices and Canada Post has finally pulled the trigger.

There are of course downsides to this plan, such as: what will disabled or elderly people do to get their mail?

The price of stamps is also going up from 63 cents to 85 cents.

Which means Canadians will be paying more for a reduced service. That’s pretty much the worst thing any company could ever say to its customers.

And no matter how the company tries to spin the situation, jobs will be lost.

Canada Post has said that it will eliminate between 6,000 and 8,000 positions as a result of this move – but it expected to lose 15,000 workers over the next five years anyway, due to retirements and general attrition.

Bottom line, there will be thousands of fewer good paying jobs in Canada as a result of this announcement – and that’s a hard pill to swallow.

But Canada Post says these changes will return them to financial stability by 2019.

Here’s hoping it does.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Canada

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