Stamps to rise to $1, Canada Post to cut jobs, services

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Canada Post plans to cut staff, raise the price of stamps and cut door-to-door delivery in cities to combat growing financial losses.

A plan to address major financial losses for Canada Post will see door-to-door service end in cities, job cuts and major hikes in the price of single stamps …from 63 cents to $1.

 In a five-point Action Plan released today (Wednesday, Dec. 11) Canada Post released its plans to cut thousands of jobs (mainly through attrition) over the next five years.

Caanda Post says due to declining mail volumes and increasing digital alternatives to mail, a new pricing structure for letters mailed within Canada will also be introduced.

On March 31, 2014, Canada Post plans to launch a new tiered stamp pricing structure.

•            New prices (before tax) will be launched for the customers that buy stamps in booklets and coils, representing 98 per cent of the volume sold in this category. The price (per stamp) will be $0.85, up from $0.63 today for letters 0-30 g mailed within Canada.

•            Businesses that use postage meters will pay a new discounted postal commercial rate of $0.75 (per letter 0-30 g).

•            Mailers who prepare mail in such a way that reduces processing costs (known as Incentive Lettermail) will have prices that are lower than the proposed meter rate of $0.75 for 0-30 g.

•            Single stamps will cost $1 each, up from $0.63 today. Canada Post estimates that only two per cent of all stamps are purchased as singles. The vast majority of stamp purchases will be at the rate of $0.85, which is available for a minimum purchase of a booklet or coil.

The pricing for U.S., international and oversized Lettermail and mail weighing more than 30 g will also increase in line with the newly established pricing levels.

Prices for parcels and for addressed and unaddressed advertising mail will not be affected.

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