Gateway Gazette

MD of Foothills: Mail Box and Address Changes Coming

Councillor Suzanne Oel

Canada Post representatives met with the MD of Foothills council on March 23 to let us know they are moving forward with a change-over for our rural mail boxes and addresses. You will see information coming out directly to you personally from Canada Post in the next while.

While some rural addresses (Calgary RRs, TBA) will be changed this year, the process will take place over a few years for the whole MD. The Priddis and NW area may be next year, 2017.

The proposed new type of Community Mail Boxes will be more secure than the Green Mail Box units, with which many of us have had break-in issues. Our addresses will be switched to our MD of Foothills Rural 911 street addresses. Canada Post is currently working out the over-all details of our addressing with the MD of Foothills. Our new mail boxes will not identify our addresses on the exterior of the box. Rather, we will be assigned a number for a new box/compartment in a Community Mail Box Module and given a key. There will be Parcel Boxes with each group of Community Mail Boxes for the convenience of residents.

To help us with the transition, our mail will be forwarded over a period of one year. Post boxes located directly in the Post Office may not have an address change, as long as the Postal Code does not get changed (TBD). Road-side mail boxes may not change. Canada Post is the decision-maker on this process, timeline, logistics and communications.  Again, if you are affected by this change, more detailed info will follow directly from Canada Post to you.

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  • Gail Fuller , April 30, 2016 @ 7:55 am

    Having our rural 911 on our mail I think is not a good idea. If someone gets our mail they have our address. Rural crime rate is on the climb if they know where we live a person could be a target.

    • AH , September 28, 2016 @ 11:34 pm

      I always liked the idea that our mailing address and house address are different for security reasons. It’s stupid they want to change that. Why change the postal code that we’ve lived with for 15 years!

  • Darcy , May 1, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

    Do they have any idea of how much that is going to cost business that mail out bills. In having to change all the RR addresses in there systems. Again funny they not ask they just do as they wish.

  • John Entz , October 11, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

    I just finished changing a portion of my address. We were asked to change the word “box ” to comp. Incompetence at its best comes to mind.

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