The Globe and Mail has identified about $1.4 million worth of kitchen appliances donated to Canadian Post from 2003 to 2014, including more than a half-million in recent years.
The items include dishes, pans, brooms, knives, dishwashers, dishwashing machines and microwave ovens.
They can range from $4,000 to more than $20,000, depending on the type and size of the appliance.
About 80% of the donated kitchen appliances were made in the U.S. or Mexico, said Janice Suter, a spokeswoman for Canadian Post.
Canada Post says the majority of the appliances have been sold at auctions.
The vast majority were donated to charities that serve people in need.
In 2010, the charity Bids for Hope, which operates a kitchen appliance shop in Vancouver, sold one of its donated appliances to the Canadian Red Cross.
It was donated by a Canadian family who needed to make a medical visit.
“The family was so thrilled that they could take the time to make the appliance,” said Jennifer Smith, the company’s executive vice-president of public affairs.
“When you think about it, we were a charity.
We were not a commercial organization.”
Bids For Hope was also one of several organizations that used the donated appliances in the past year.
Some of the donations include: a KitchenAid microwave oven, which was donated to Bids In Hope, for use in the homeless shelter.
“It’s a beautiful appliance,” Smith said.
“You can use it for anything from making pancakes to microwaving meals.”
A Bids Furniture kitchen chair was donated in 2010 to Bides For Hope, and it’s now in the kitchen of a shelter.
In 2012, the kitchen cabinet was used to clean the laundry room at Bids, and another cabinet was donated.
The kitchen cabinets were donated in 2009 and 2010 to various charities, including a food bank.
A KitchenAid kitchen blender was donated last year to Biddys, and in 2012 was used in a homeless shelter to cook meals.
The donations come at a time when the government is trying to crack down on what it calls the “banking industry” of fraud.
In January, the government announced it was launching an investigation into mortgage brokers who charge interest rates of up to 4.5%, up from the current 3.5% and allow people to borrow more money by charging interest at rates ranging from 3.9% to 7.9%.
The new measures include tighter rules on lending practices, which will affect brokers who may be involved in lending fraud, such as those involved in credit card fraud.
The government says it has already arrested and charged four mortgage brokers, and the bank regulator is investigating two others.
But many of the mortgage brokers charged are still operating.