On January 24, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced a new vision for Canada Post Corporation centred on service to Canadians. Notable elements include the termination of the program to convert door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes and enhancing Canada Post’s accessible delivery program to help people who have difficulty getting to community mailboxes. Another noteworthy part of the announcement is the renewal of Canada Post’s leadership. Jessica L. McDonald has been appointed Chair of Canada Post’s Board of Directors. The Board has been charged with incorporating greater diversity and broader perspectives, including labour.
The announcement comes after the government conducted a review of Canada Post that began in May 2016. The review included a discussion paper written by an independent task force and a review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. Magazines Canada submitted written briefs to both the task force and the Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, before which Magazines Canada testified. Magazines Canada was consulted with and briefed by government officials before today’s announcement.