Now that we have temporary relief from cuts, let us imagine a 21st century postal service. Canada Post can and should expand services to improve the quality of life and help us connect to each other in new ways.
The privatization agenda keeps saying that Canada Post needs to be cut down even further. But we don't think so. Here are six ways that Canada Post can expand and improve services and create new revenue streams:
• Postal Banking - Residents of many rural areas have face long drives to get access to banking services. Providing banking through the postal service, as many countries do, would create new revenues for Canada Post and provide many benefits to communities.
• Expand Services (especially for seniors) - We need to look at who isn't getting quality postal coverage and evaluate how Canada Post can make services accessible to more people and meet the needs of an aging population.
• Internet and Telephone - As internet and cell service move towards becoming public utilities, a consistent service that aims to meet the needs of customers instead of squeezing them for hidden or changing fees could be a win-win for Canadians.
• Delivery Options - Many startups have created innovative delivery systems by linking businesses with customers online in new ways. Canada Post is uniquely positioned to bring timely door-to-door delivery of things like fresh food, medicine and groceries to millions.
• Retail Space - Canada Post's 4,700 retail spaces are in many cases underused. By making some of this space available to small-scale producers, Canada Post could strengthen local economies and bring in new revenues.
• Communities and Workers in Governance - Canada Post has for too long been operating like a dictatorship of the CEO and ideologically-driven governments. It's a publicly-owned service, and it's time for it to start acting like it, starting with opening new lines of communication and accountability with the communities it serves. Establishing community advisory committees could be a source of new ideas, and could be given more decisionmaking power over time once they're in place. Postal workers should similarly get a say in the direction of Canada Post and decisions about its future.
Postal services in other countries are doing all of these things. These are just some of the ways that a Canada Post that embraces its mandate of serving Canadians instead of powering down can make life better and make communities stronger.
By expanding on its successful services, Canada Post can create new revenue streams while supporting seniors, enabling economic development, and strengthening social fabric.
Through a campaign involving thousands from coast to coast, we stopped the cuts to door to door.
Add your voice to tell Canada Post and the new government that we want a 21st century postal service that improves the quality of life of all Canadians!
To Prime Minister Trudeau and Public Services Minister Judy Foote:
With cuts to door to door delivery temporarily stopped (by a massive, coast-to-coast campaign), it’s time to start imagining a postal service for the 21st century.
A healthy, publicly-owned Canada Post should:
• Implement postal banking
• Expand services for seniors and underserved communities
• Add new communications, delivery and retail services
• Be accountable to the communities it serves
These measures will improve Canada Post operations, generate revenues and improve quality of life for millions of Canadians.