News Releases 2011
Dec. 22, 2011
20 Million Santa Fans Can’t Be Wrong!
Santa’s Post Office has confirmed Santa and his postal elves have just delivered their 20 millionth response letter, to a child in London (Ontario).
Canada Post today announced the recipients of the 2011 Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards.
Canada Post wishes to alert customers that an email containing misinformation regarding discrepancies in pricing between Canada Post corporate outlets and private postal outlets has resurfaced.
Canada Post is busy processing and delivering more than one billion pieces of mail, including millions of gifts to friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, this can create increased opportunities for fraudulent activities by Grinch Spammers looking to mislead people awaiting packages.
Dec. 6, 2011
9 out of 10 young Canadians prefer holiday cards in the mail
New survey suggests physical greeting cards still a favourite Canadian holiday tradition but culture and demographics will influence how many
The 2nd annual survey conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Canada Post shows that greeting cards continue to be an essential tradition during the holidays – and one that permeates through younger generations, even if social media and electronic alternatives are prevalent in their lives.
Dec. 2, 2011
Santa shares some of his letters online
Santa is overjoyed with all the mail he is receiving! The season’s most popular pen pal is very grateful for the wonderful letters he receives from children all around the world.
With the holidays approaching, Canada Post is busier than Santa’s toy shop. The company is adding people and vehicles to ensure that cards and gifts reach Canadians in time for Christmas.
The Canada Post Group of Companies today reported a loss before tax of $163 million in the third quarter ended October 1, 2011, down from a $19-million pre-tax loss recorded in the same period a year earlier.
In response to a missive sent this week by the North Pole, more than 9,000 postal elves have been dispatched to help Santa answer the thousands of letters that are arriving each day.
Christmas Island Postmistress Hughena MacKinnon is busy gearing up her tiny post office for the anticipated influx of holiday mail set to arrive from all over the world—all in search of a very special postmark.
The Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, and Jim Ludlow, President and CEO of True North Entertainment, today unveiled three Winnipeg Jets™ Picture Postage™ stamps to help celebrate the return of the National Hockey League (NHL) to Winnipeg.
Canada Post has issued the 38th edition of Collection Canada, a highly visual 90-page coffee-table book featuring every Canadian stamp design issued this year. Each year, more than 25,000 copies are sold worldwide, making it a five-time Canadian bestseller.
Canada Post today issued four new stamps for the holiday season, including a three-part set featuring historic stained-glass windows of the Cathedral of Saint-Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Kingston, Ontario.
Canada Post today announced that it has selected Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. to design and build its new processing facility at the Vancouver International Airport in the City of Richmond, British Columbia.
For the sixth year in a row, friends and families of Canadian troops deployed overseas will be able to send their holiday letters and parcels for free via Canada Post.
A country as diverse as Canada means that holiday greetings are sent literally around the world, and Canada Post reminds everyone that it is already time to think about planning international holiday mailings.
Oct. 7, 2011
Canapost Post annual public meeting
On Friday, October 14, 2011, Canada Post will hold its sixth annual public meeting.
Canada Post has been ranked favourably on a list of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens for the third year in a row by Corporate Knights magazine.
Canada Post today released its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.
Sept. 8, 2011
Canada Post announces 2011 Literacy Awards winners
In recognition of International Literacy Day, Canada Post today announced the winners of its 2011 Community Literacy Awards.
Canada Post today unveiled the 2011 Mental Health stamp to help kick off the company’s annual fundraising campaign for community-based mental health initiatives across Canada.
The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health today awarded grants totalling $2.1 million to 47 non-profit community groups that help Canadians living with mental illness.
Canada Post Corporation today reported that its core Canada Post business (“Canada Post segment”) lost $35 million in the second quarter ended July 2, 2011. That represents a $70-million decline from the $35-million profit recorded by the Canada Post segment in the same period a year earlier. During the quarter, the Canada Post segment lost an estimated $167 million in revenues due to the impact of the labour disruption in June involving the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The Canada Post Group* today reported that it experienced a continued deterioration in its core Canada Post segment in 2010.
Canada Post today announced the finalists for the 2011 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards.
With mail delivery resuming this week, Canada Post is asking Canadians to be aware of expiry dates on any flyers and other direct mail they receive over the coming days.
Canada Post today announced a third stamp to complete the Royal Wedding collection. The domestic Permanent™ stamp features a candid photo of the newlyweds in their open landau shortly after completing their wedding vows at Westminster Abbey. The stamp will commemorate the first Royal Visit to Canada following their wedding. One million booklets of 10 stamps are available for sale online and by mail order and as of today, June 28 at post offices across Canada. The two other stamps were issued on the wedding day, April 29, and already over 5 million stamps have been sold.
Canada Post has initiated the process to resume operations following the passage of Bill C-6, An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of postal services.
June 22, 2011
Negotiations Between Canada Post and CUPW Break Off
Despite intense negotiations over the past 72 hours, Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have not been able to reach an agreement and talks between the two have broken off. Every effort has been made to reach a negotiated settlement that is in the best interests of employees, customers and the company.
Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) remain divided on a number of key bargaining issues—including wages, pension and sick leave. Canada Post Chief Executive Officer Deepak Chopra met with Denis Lemelin, President of CUPW, but the meeting failed to bring the two sides any closer to a resolution on the fundamental challenges facing Canada Post.
June 16, 2011
Canada Post President and COO Speak to Employees
Post Chief Executive Officer Deepak Chopra and Chief Operating Officer Jacques Côté have a message for all employees of Canada Post.
Despite the ongoing labour disruption, Canada Post wants to reassure our customers that socio-economic cheques will be delivered. An agreement was reached with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in March 2011 to ensure delivery of more than two million cheques nationally on June 20th.
Ottawa (Ont.) – Canada Post Chief Executive Officer Deepak Chopra is prepared to again meet with Denis Lemelin, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), to discuss the fair offer that has been tabled by the company. Mr. Chopra expects that Mr. Lemelin will come to the meeting with a meaningful offer that addresses declining mail volumes, competitiveness, and a $3.2-billion solvency deficit in the pension plan.
Following 12 days of increasingly costly and damaging rotating strikes being carried out by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), Canada Post has suspended operations across the country. The accelerating decline in volumes and revenue combined with the inability to deliver mail on a timely and safe basis has left the company with no choice but to make this decision.
Financial losses are mounting at Canada Post as the rotating strike being carried out by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) enters its 12th day. Canada Post estimates that it has lost over $70 million in revenue – and that figure is climbing daily. Exacerbating the problems is the fact that Canada Post is continuing to incur a significant wage bill for 48,000 members of CUPW while their union inflicts massive losses on the company through costly rotating strikes.
The uncertainty caused by eight months of labour negotiations and 11 days of strike activities by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is damaging the postal system. This will only end when a new collective agreement is reached.
At Canada Post, we believe the union’s strike activity should stop, but accepting their demand to revert back to the old collective agreement in order to make that happen is completely unacceptable. By maintaining the uncertainty for customers and hurting our revenues, the union’s proposal is tantamount to asking for full pay to remain on strike. No company would accept that, especially with the damage already done to the business. We need flexibility to manage costs in response to the large drop in volume and corresponding revenues caused by the union’s activities. We also need to be able to end the uncertainty and achieve a new collective agreement that sets a course for the future.
Canada Post and CUPW remain far apart on several fundamental issues. The union today rejected major compromises proposed by Canada Post to address sick leave and staffing levels. CUPW also refuses to discuss any initiatives that will reduce costs and address the problems of declining mail volumes, increasing competition and electronic substitutions of traditional mail. After almost a week, the union has again rejected Canada Post’s generous offer.
Due to a significant drop in mail volume Canada Post is forced to immediately reduce costs by making adjustments to delivery schedules. With rotating strikes continuing across the country, Canada Post must act now to avoid significant losses that will harm the company’s financial self-sustainability.
Mail volumes at Canada Post have fallen as much as 50 per cent since the union started rotating strikes on June 3rd. This decline in volume comes at a time when the company is already struggling to address significant business challenges.
After careful consideration, Canada Post has again turned down an offer put forward by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as part of the collective bargaining process.
June 2, 2011
Canada Post Wants To Continue Negotiating
In an effort to avert a damaging work disruption and reach a negotiated settlement to this round of labour negotiations, Canada Post has offered further compromises and improvements to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Deepak Chopra, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post, is meeting with CUPW President Denis Lemelin today in an attempt to find common ground that would avoid a disruption of mail service. Canada Post remains available 24/7 to meet with CUPW and bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion.
May 31, 2011
A Postal Strike Will Hurt Millions of Canadians
Canada Post employees have a special relationship with Canadians and understand better than most how much they depend on mail service and how a work disruption will adversely impact them.
Canada Post remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement that will protect postal service, minimize future postal rate increases and improve the wages of our employees. This commitment remains despite the fact that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has served notice that it intends to take 45,000 employees out on strike as early as 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 2, 2011.
The union is prepared to shut down Canada’s postal system even though the company has proposed a deal that gives employees better pay and benefits than they currently enjoy. The latest counter offer from the union does nothing to address the significant challenges facing the company.
Canada Post today unveiled a stamp featuring Canadian music icon Robbie Robertson, part of the third installment of the Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. Available June 30th, the Robertson stamp will share the spotlight with four other outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters; Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Bruce Cockburn, and Ginette Reno. More than one million of each stamp will be available at post offices across Canada.
May 24, 2011
Union Offer a Setback to Labour Negotiations
Canada Post’s negotiation team expressed disappointment after reviewing an offer put forward by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as part of the collective bargaining process.
Canada Post today issued a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, the world’s first national parks service. The domestic rate stamp depicts a lone hiker standing over a majestic scene that includes Indian paintbrushes, a moose, a grizzly bear, an eagle, waterfall and mountain peaks in bold colours.
Canada Post is committed to serving all Canadians while not becoming a drain on taxpayers. With a double-digit decline in core mail volumes over the last five years, the company needs to closely manage costs to protect service to Canadians and secure a viable future for the postal system in this country.
Canadian icons from Rick Hansen to Franklin the turtle, as a well as a host of other milestones and anniversaries highlight Canada Post's 2012 stamp program. The program, announced today, will honour Canadians such as Michael J. Fox; commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games; and mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic off Canada’s east coast.
May 13, 2011
Postage rate increase proposed for January 2012
Canada Post would like to remind Canadians that the domestic basic letter rate will increase by 2 cents, from 59 cents to 61 cents, for standard letters weighing up to 30 grams, effective January 16, 2012. This is part of a five year pricing strategy announced in 2009.
Canada Post today introduced new mobile applications that enable Canadians to create their own postage stamps while on the go.
Canada Post today announced the addition of Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn to the Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He joins four more outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno for the third installment of the very popular series. The four Canadian Recording Artists stamps will be issued on June 30, 2011.
OTTAWA – Canada Post employees and customers have once again delivered hope. The post office’s 2010 campaign for the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health raised more than $2.2 million. The campaign’s success will result in a record number of community organizations who will receive funds from the Foundation in 2011. The Foundation provides much-needed funding to non-profit, community-based organizations that provide support and care for people coping with mental illness.
April 18, 2011
Media Statement – Strike Vote Results
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has announced the results of their national strike vote. As expected, the union has received a strong strike mandate just as it has in past rounds of collective bargaining. A strike vote is part of the collective bargaining process and is employed during most rounds of labour negotiations.
April 15, 2011
Canada Post unveils two Royal Wedding stamps
This morning, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, unveiled two stamps—one domestic and one international—to celebrate the upcoming wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.
Canada Post announced today the addition of a BlackBerry version of its Mobile Apps suite, which broadens its family of mobile applications and provides consumers and small businesses with new ways to access to its Track a Package and Track Find a Post Office Track tools.
April 1, 2011
Canada Post pension plan 2010 financial results
Canada Post announces the 2010 financial results for the Canada Post pension plan (the Plan). The Plan’s rate of return was 10.4 per cent in 2010, exceeding its benchmark rate of return of 9.8 per cent.
Canada Post announced today that nominations for the 2011 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards are being accepted until June 3, 2011.
THE PUZZLE, an original design by Terrebonne resident Miriane Majeau, has been chosen as Canada Post’s 2011 Mental Health Stamp, the first time in the post office’s history a stamp design was chosen by public vote.
The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health’s annual grant application process opens today, March 14, 2011.
March 10, 2011
Access to Information and Canada Post
Today, the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC) released a report card on the performance of a number of institutions under the Access to Information Act, including Canada Post.
March 8, 2011
Canada Post introduces in-person background checks at local post offices
New partnership with BackCheck™ offers easier access to ID verification and background checks for employment screening
Canada Post now offers Canadians the convenience of verifying their identification documents for background checks at their local post office. The new service is offered through an agreement with BackCheck™, Canada’s largest provider of pre-employment screening. Canadians will now be able to walk in to their local post office and proceed with their ID verification – a requirement of the background check process for employers requiring a criminal record check.
Ottawa, ON – March is Fraud Prevention Month and Canada Post wants to remind customers that fraud, identity theft other types of scams can happen anywhere – in your mailbox, via email, on the telephone, discarded documents and more.
March 3, 2011
Canada Post grows two new stamps!
Canada Post is about to add another flower to its bouquet of floral stamps. This year’s pair of PERMANENT™ stamps, to be released March 3, 2011, features two colorful Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus); ‘Sunbright’ and ‘Prado Red.’ In a first for Canada Post, the flowers featured were grown specifically for the purpose of being the stars of this stamp series.
March 1, 2011
Canada Post launches CentrSource.ca in Canada, a new marketing and advertising network for businesses
Opportunity for small to medium-sized businesses to effectively target consumers where they live
Canada Post announced today the launch of CentrSource.ca, a new online marketplace that connects advertisers and consumers instantly - where they live.
Today, Canada Post issued three new stamps featuring the artwork of Canadian aboriginal artist Daphne Odjig. The stamps feature three of Odjig’s acrylic pieces. Each painting, Spiritual Renewal (1984), Pow-wow Dancer (1978), and Pow-wow (1969), is a representation of Odjig’s passion for the arts and love of her native heritage.
The Olympic Philately, Numismatic and Memorabilia Commission of the International Olympic Committee has just awarded Canada Post with the ‘Prix Olympia 2010’ gold medal for the stamp issued at the occasion of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, in Beijing 2008.
For the first time in history, Canadians will have the final say on a postage stamp design.
Canada Post today announced that it has received approval to issue two new stamps to celebrate the much-anticipated wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Today, Canada Post issued two stamps to mark Black History Month and celebrate the stories, experiences and accomplishments of two remarkable Canadians: Carrie Best and Fergie Jenkins.
As Title Sponsor of the Canadian Freestyle Ski team, Canada Post announced today that it has issued Priority™ Next A.M. and Xpresspost™ Prepaid envelopes featuring members of the Canadian 2010 – 2011 Freestyle Ski team.
Jan. 21, 2011
Statement by Canada Post
Earlier today, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) filed for conciliation with the Government of Canada as part of ongoing negotiations aimed at reaching a new labour agreement.
Canada Post today issued the first in a multiple-year series of definitive stamps featuring Canada’s cutest, cuddliest baby creatures - “Baby Wildlife” along with the “Canadian Pride” series highlighting common and uncommon places the Canadian flag appears.
Tomorrow Canada Post will welcome the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit by issuing a set of stamps and related products to mark the Lunar New Year.