Canada Post suspends mail delivery on Downtown Eastside due to safety concerns

Concerns over the health and safety of Canada Post workers has prompted the Crown corporation to suspend mail delivery in a part of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Canada Post says deliveries to homes and businesses for two blocks on East Hastings between Carrall and Main streets stopped at the end of March, and there’s no estimated date when deliveries will resume.

The postal service says it is working to provide a long-term solution, but in the meantime, the safety of their employees takes priority.

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“Affected customers have been contacted to inform them of the temporary delivery interruption. In the meantime, customers can pick up their mail from the Canada Post facility located at 333 Woodland Drive. Customers must provide government-issued photo identification to pick up their mail,” Canada Post said in a statement.

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Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says the city is working night and day to help vulnerable people through several initiatives including expanding complex care housing.

“This service change is temporary, and we are working with Canada Post to ensure mail delivery can continue,” Stewart said in an email to CityNews.

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