Over the past year, Canada Post has been phasing out door-to-door mail delivery and converting to community mailboxes.

The March 2015 progress report issued by Canada Post states that Canada Post intends to "work with municipal officials to find the safest, most convenient locations for each neighbourhood, leveraging existing street lighting and sidewalks where feasible."

The outcome of a current dispute between Canada Post and the City of Hamilton may shed some light over how much say local governments have over the placement of super-mailboxes on their streets.

The City of Hamilton enacted a bylaw requiring Canada Post to obtain a permit for the community mailboxes. Canada Post went ahead without any permits. Hamilton laid charges, and Canada Post challenged the constitutional validity of the bylaw. This matter is now before the Ontario Superior Court, with a judgment likely to be issued later this year.

Canada Post's update on the conversion to community mailboxes can be found at: https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets/pdf/aboutus/5_en.pdf

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