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City of Vancouver has larger postage bill in the mail 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

After a new Canada Post rate increase takes effect, the City of Vancouver will have to pay up to $140,000 more per year for its postage. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

After a new Canada Post rate increase takes effect, the City of Vancouver will have to pay up to $140,000 more per year for its postage. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

The City of Vancouver is going to have to shell out up to $140,000 more per year for its postage costs as a hefty Canada Post rate increase takes effect.

The increase of up to 20% would bring the city’s spending on snail mail close to $1 million based on its 2013 postage bill for $850,000.

But as postage rates go up so does the amount of people using the Internet to deal with city businesses.

Figures provided by the City of Vancouver show almost 75% of people renewing and registering for dog licences are using the online service rather than traditional mail.

Meanwhile, business licence renewals done online are at 48% and residential parking permits are at 52%.

Postage rates will go up to 75 cents from 63 cents for a regular letter starting March 31.

The city said its rate for presorted mail will go up 10% “for high-volume mailings, such as tax notices.”

Vancouver is hoping the spike in Internet usage will mitigate some of the impact of the postage increase.

Increases in postage costs combined with the announced phasing out of home delivery have been controversial.

An October 2013 survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said 40% of small business owners send at least 50 pieces of snail mail per month.

A further 98% still use the postal service each month.

 

 

 

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