Canada Post announces community mailboxes are coming to Oakville

Canada Post announces community mailboxes are coming to Oakville
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Rob Burton

Rob Burton

Rob Burton is the mayor of Oakville, Ontario. He was elected as Mayor in 2006, and re-elected for a third term in 2014. Mr. Burton is best known in the business community as the creator of YTV. He has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

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Canada’s federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over Canada Post’s mail and its delivery. Canada Post even has the right to use municipal rights-of-way for its post boxes and community mailboxes.

Your local Oakville representatives of Canada’s federal government are MP Terence Young south of Upper Middle Road, and Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, above Upper Middle Road.  They can be reached and, respectively.

I’ve been advised by Canada Post that all residents impacted by the change in mail delivery will receive a package in the mail that includes a short survey, as well as a link to an online tool, to provide feedback on this initiative. I understand that the survey is intended to solicit views on the design and location of the community mailboxes, among other things.  Canada Post has assured me that they will factor residents’ input into their decision-making process.

Over the next few months, Canada Post has said it will consult with the town’s Planning department to determine the most suitable locations for community mailboxes.  Although we have no say over Canada Post’s decision to discontinue door-to-door mail delivery, we will seek to work with them to help minimize the disruption to our community as this initiative is implemented.

If you have additional questions about community mailbox delivery, I encourage you to contact Ms. Marnie Armstrong (Director, Municipal Engagement) at Canada Post at 613-734-6589 or  Alternatively, you may wish to speak directly with federal MPs Young or Raitt, as appropriate.



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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Frances Newman says:

    St. John’s NL – back in 1988 we had a street mail boxing system, got snowed in often. vandalized by people looking for checks and was removed within a few years of installation.
    Why do you think they will work now?
    I have a severe vision loss so must depend on a neighbour to bring me my mail.
    I plan to have most of my mail emailed to me or set up accounts with the companies I deal with.
    Am not in favour of these boxes and expect it is money wasted!
    Good Luck


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