canada post christmas deadline 2019

The Canada Post deadline for Christmas delivery is almost here

Canada Post is already warning that high seasonal volumes are delaying some deliveries, putting a damper on some Canadians gift plans for Christmas. But all hope is not lost.

The postal service is recommending that Canadians choosing standard shipping should get items out by the end of tomorrow, December 11, for the best chance at arriving on time for Christmas.

Alain Robitaille, president of the Montreal chapter of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), told CBC news that Canada Post has experienced a 30 per cent jump in package deliveries compared to 2017. 

Black Friday kicking off the holiday season is to blame for the high volume of deliveries this time of year, Robitaille said to CBC News. Canada Post defines their peak season this year as November 11, to January 12, 2020.

According to Canada Post's 2019 Holiday Success Guide,  more than 4,000 seasonal workers are hired to meet the demand of the holiday season. Transportation is also doubled our across the country to help meet expectations.

Canada Post has also started weekend deliveries which started in mid-November and will last through December in select urban markets.

Canada Post estimates it will deliver about 1.4 million packages a day nationwide between mid-November and mid-January, a total of about 80 million packages.

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