The agency may likely exercise some cheering up. Perhaps in the form of a friendly postcard from colleagues across the border at the Canada Post?
Last week, Canada Post began sending out free, prepaid postcards to each of the nation’s roughly 13.5 million households. The idea, spokeswoman Sylvie Lapointe said, is for recipients to write to anyone they’ve been missing or who may need a smile.
The postcards advance in six variations, with phrases such as “I’ve been meaning to write,” “Wishing I had been there” and “Sending hugs,” in English and French.
“Meaningful connection is vital for our emotional health, sense of community and overall successfully-being,” Doug Ettinger, president and CEO of Canada Post, said in a statement. “Canada Post wants everyone to stay safe, nonetheless also stay in touch with the individuals who matter to them.”
The cards are to be shipped out over a two-week length to provide carriers flexibility for deliveries, Lapointe said. By counting on the provider’s preexisting network, Canada Post can encompass the postcards in a household’s usual bundle at successfully no extra rate, she said. Mailing a postcard in Canada generally charges around the equivalent of 75 cents in the United States.
Lapointe said the postcard idea developed after the postal provider noticed an uptick in individuals sending greeting cards over the holidays. In September, Canada also launched a program called “Write Here Write Now” to encourage individuals to communicate extra.
As the cards have begun to arrive, some individuals have taken the opportunity to air their grievances with politicians, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, by addressing their postcards to them, according to social media posts.
Others have expressed appreciation for the postcards and adopted Canada Post’s directions to the letter.
Lapointe said Canada Post has faced a steep and constant learning curve at some stage in the coronavirus pandemic.
When the pandemic began last year, there was a race to place in sleek safety mechanisms for postal workers and the households they assist. Then there was the combat to glean ahead of backlogs, delays, and story volumes of parcels being sent each time a various part of the nation closed down or reopened.
“We’ve had delays with mail at some stage in the year,” Lapointe said. “We’ve had our challenges, as successfully, nonetheless we’ve persevered to provide an essential provider at all times across the nation this past year.”
Now along with letters, she said, Postal Canada is hoping “to enlighten a smile.”