After pressing pause on plans to phase out door-to-door mail delivery last year, Canada Post’s operations will undergo an independent and formal review.
An official with Public Services Minister Judy Foote’s office says she’ll make the announcement on Thursday morning during a new conference in Ottawa.
The spokesperson says Foote will say a four-member panel will look at whether Canada Post should carry on with its plan to axe door-to-door mail delivery. It may also look at whether the Crown corporation should re-enter the banking business.
The group is expected to table an interim report by the end of the summer, with final recommendations to be made before the end of the year.
Postal unions have advocated for banking as a revenue-boosting option. Canada Post got out of the banking system back in 1968, but the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says rebooting it could make up for the revenue lost as a result of fewer letters being sent.
When Canada Post announced plans to end door-to-door mail delivery a number of groups came forward to voice concern including those representing seniors and people with disabilities. They said getting rid of the service would pose serious problems for those who have mobility issues and might struggle to reach community mailboxes.
During last fall’s election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would restore door-to-door mail delivery. When he was elected, he temporarily stopped Canada Post from continuing to transition to community boxes.
Earlier this year, Minister Foote told a parliamentary committee any restoration of already cancelled home mail delivery would depend on whether Canada Post can afford it.
Foote also said she expected the review panel to look at other options for Canada Post to be self-sustaining.