Canada Post has launched a new schools programme as part of efforts to publicize the next generation of its epost digital mail platform.
The company is turning the original digital bill consolidation service into a full digital mailbox offering, unveiling the transformation in the Kitchener-Waterloo area or Ontario earlier this month.
The new schools programme will allow subscribers of two or more bills on the epost platform to vote for local schools in the area to receive computers or classroom equipment.
And, for every additional bill a user signs up to receive digitally through epost, they will get additional votes.
Canada Post said on 12th October it will award three elementary schools and three secondary schools “SMART Board” interactive whiteboards, with five elementary and five secondary schools winning Dell Ultrabooks.
Kerry Munro, the digital delivery network president at Canada Post, said the Kitchener-Waterloo area had been one of the best areas for usage of the epost service, and that Canada Post therefore wanted to “give back to the community”.
“As the son of teachers and as a parent myself, I know first-hand that access to technology can be a competitive advantage for students,” said Munro. “Canada’s future in driving a digital economy starts with nurturing innovation among students and their families at a community level.”
Canada Post’s flagship digital communications service, epost has had 7.7m people register since its initial start-up as a bill consolidation service back in the year 2000.
The Corporation says the system is integrated with all major banks and also allows consumers to receive and pay bills from cable, credit card companies and utilities, as well as storing digital documents.
The new generation includes authentication capabilities that Canada Post says will allow more connections to local government and businesses.
“The City of Kitchener supports initiatives like epost that help residents save time, money and stay organized and help local businesses flourish,” said Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr.