Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door delivery

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Despite protests and a court challenge, 10 communities across the country, including Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa, are making the switch from door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes starting Monday.

As well, Fort McMurray, Alta., Halifax and four Quebec communities — Bois-des-Filions, Lorraine, Repentigny, Rosemere — were saying goodbye to the postman at their door, Canada Post confirmed Monday.

Last week, angry customers and employees announced they were taking the Crown corporation to court in a last-ditch effort to save home delivery.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and groups representing seniors and the disabled organized the court challenge and say it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canada Post, however, argues more than two-thirds of Canadians already do not receive their mail at home and the change is needed to save the service money and prevent it from becoming a burden on taxpayers.

On Monday, CUPW set up community mailboxes on Parliament Hill to protest the move away from door-to-door mail delivery.