Vancouver – While CUPW and Canada Post wait for arbitration in their labour dispute (expected in January) the mail and parcel backlog has eased across the country.
Except for Vancouver. That will affect the Fraser Valley as general sorting for the Valley is done in Vancouver and then the final processing done in various Valley locals.
From the Canada Post Website (in part): Incoming holiday parcel volumes continue to be down over 2017, and significantly below projections for this year. As a result, our fully-enacted holiday delivery plans, which were built to deliver the projected double-digit parcel growth from online shopping this holiday season, continue to help our operations catch up. With the additional resources and a strong weekend, Canada Post delivered almost 4 million parcels across the country from Friday, December 14 to Monday, December 17.
Understanding the importance of online holiday shopping to Canadians and Canadian retailers, it remains our priority to deliver as much as possible before Christmas. Backlogs have been reduced, but remain uneven in parts of the country. With continued progress, we are now in a position to restore our normal holiday delivery service guarantees for much of the country. This means Canadians can expect normal holiday delivery timelines for parcels. The exception remains items headed to or departing Vancouver as backlogs there continue to cause additional delays.
We encourage Canadians to continue to shop online as we believe with our recent progress, we will see parcels reaching homes in time for Christmas in most parts of the country. When shopping online, please read the shipping details posted by the retailer to understand time commitments and available options.