12/17/2013 11:00 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia municipalities urge Ottawa to fund mail pickup for seniors, disabled

HALIFAX - A group representing Nova Scotia municipalities says it's worried about the impact on seniors and people with disabilities once Canada Post stops door-to-door mail delivery in urban centres.

The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities says it wants Ottawa to fund a program that would allow people with physical challenges to hire someone to retrieve their mail.

The union says the federal government has a social responsibility to ensure mail is accessible to everyone.

Kentville Mayor David Corkum, who is also president of the union, says not all residents are able to get to a community mailbox or afford to hire someone to pick up their mail.

Canada Post plans to deliver mail to communal boxes beginning next year to stem rising financial loses.