A new poll commissioned by the federal government says two-thirds of Canadians surveyed support phasing out door-to-door mail delivery.
The poll suggests Canadians are satisfied with the service provided by Canada Post, but wouldn’t be opposed to some tweaks including a move toward alternate day delivery.
The insight into the mail preferences of Canadians comes less than a year after Canada Post started the mass roll-out of community mailboxes which many people objected to sighting concerns about safety and accessibility for the elderly and those with mobility issues.
Of those surveyed, 69 per cent agreed “increases in the number of community mailboxes are necessary to make the system sustainable” and 67 per cent of people agreed to moving people in urban and suburban areas to the larger mail receptacles.
With that being said, the results of the poll did provide some conflicting data with roughly 60 per cent of respondents said they felt door-to-door mail service should be maintained for those who already have it. Perhaps not surprisingly, that idea had particularly high support among respondents who currently have door-to-door delivery.
Speaking with AM980, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 566, Dean Woronoski, expressed concerns over the government’s handling of the future of Canada Post.
“The Liberals made all kinds of promises that they’re turning their backs on. They promised town hall meetings, I attended in London and I was really disgusted that they sent the invites out by email and by Twitter. Seniors who rely on their postal service are not connected with Twitter, or internet, email. So they were not in attendance. It was very poorly attended and it was framed in a manner that they are directing us like sheep,” he begins.
“I feel like this study they released today is the same thing. When we knocked on doors we asked people ‘how do you feel about losing your door-to-door?’ and they spoke very honestly about it. This study is based on similar questions, but they add on ‘well, the post office is losing money’ and ‘if this’, ‘if that’. It’s very biased in the way they ask their questions and I don’t think it is a fair study.”
Public Works and Government Services Canada commissioned the telephone poll by Patterson, Langlois Consultants this summer and compiled responses from 2,246 Canadians. It had a margin of error of plus or minus two per cent, 19 times out of 20.
The poll is part of Ottawa’s ongoing review of Canada Post’s operations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during last year’s federal election campaign that a Liberal government would reverse the previous Conservative government’s plan to scrap door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes.