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Campbell River home mail delivery to stop next fall

7,598 will soon be receiving a letter from Canada Post asking for input on the phase-in of the community mailbox program

Approximately one year from now, home mail delivery will be a thing of a bygone age for almost every resident of Campbell River.

Of the 8,543 households in Campbell River who still receive home delivery (not counting the 2,463 who have delivery to a box in their apartment, townhome or condominium complex), 7,598 will soon be receiving a letter from Canada Post asking for input on the phase-in of the community mailbox program.

The information package will, according to Canada Post, contain a mail-in survey and inform residents how to express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method.

“It will be questions like, ‘Would you prefer a smaller site closer to your home or a larger one in a more centralized location?’ and questions about people’s concerns around safety and lighting,” according to Anick Losier, spokesperson for Canada Post.

Residents will also have various options and opportunities to voice their concerns, Losier said, as the mail-in survey will be accompanied by information about both a website and telephone number dedicated for this purpose.

Losier said that she isn’t aware of any complaints from residents who already have community mailboxes in the community.

Also, he said the 3,658 residences already served by this distribution method in Campbell River “have no problems with it.”

She also notes that employment levels in the community will not be effected by the change.

“Our employees have a tremendous amount of job security due to our bargaining agreement, so the positions that we’ll be losing, as we’ve said all along, will be from attrition (mainly by not replacing employees who retire with new hires),” Losier said.

“We’re quite confident that we’ll have jobs for all our employees who wish to continue with us.”