UPDATE: Canada Post delivery to be phased out in urban regions

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CORNWALL, Ontario -  Cornwall residents may have to trudge to centrally-located mailboxes to get their mail - but just when the change takes place is still a mystery.

Canada Post will begin phasing out door-to-door mail delivery in so-called "urban areas" and recipients will instead transition to neighbourhood mailboxes.

Those regions account for about one-third of Canadian households. Implementation of the changes will begin in the second half of 2014.

But the first neighbourhoods that will stop receiving door-to-door mail delivery have yet to be announced.

Hundreds of millions of dollars is expected to be saved by the move, in an age when more digital communications has significantly reduced the amount of mail carried from home to home.

Job losses are also likely.

"The average age of current employees is 48 and Canada Post expects nearly 15,000 employees to retire or leave the company over the next five years," the Crown corporation said Wednesday. "This is more than enough to allow for the reduction of between 6,000 and 8,000 positions, mainly through attrition."

Canada Post will also introduce a new tiered pricing structure that affetcs the cost of stamps.

Tthe majority of Canadians, because they buy stamps in booklets or coils, will pay 85 cents per stamp, with discounts for customers that use the mail most. The minority of consumers who purchase stamps one at a time, which represents an estimated two per cent of stamp purchases, will pay $1 per stamp.

The average Canadian household purchases fewer than two stamps per month. These stamp price changes will take effect March 31.

Organizations: Canada Post, CTV News

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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