Canada Post discontinues home delivery
Move is announced after being hit by an increasingly familiar problem for traditional postal systems around the world.
December 16, 2013
Canada Post has has announced it will discontinue home delivery after being hit by an increasingly familiar problem for traditional postal systems around the world: Rising electronic communication and declining volumes of letters. The decline did not start until 2007 but has picked up astonishing speed, with one billion fewer letters delivered in 2012 than in 2006.
Canada is the first of the Group of Seven countries to signal the end of home delivery, but it will almost certainly not be the last as globally, the volume of letters posted has been sliding for a decade, dropping by 4.7 per cent between 2011 and 2012 to 346.5 billion items; with another four per cent global decline is expected this year. Parcel deliveries – largely driven by e-commerce – are still on the rise, both globally and domestically, but the gains have not been enough to offset the losses Canada Post is incurring on its letter-delivery business.