Christmas deliveries guaranteed despite Fort St. John carrier shortage

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“If we have routes that we can’t cover – and some days we can cover them all – but if we can’t through overtime, we’ll send someone out on the route that wasn’t covered [the next day],” explains spokesperson John Caines. “For example, if we don’t cover it Monday, we’ll deliver it Tuesday.” 

That shouldn’t affect Christmas deliveries, which Canada Post considers its obligation, and will be delivering over the weekend to ensure. Weather issues haven’t helped, but so far the post office has broken records for deliveries, including eight days with over a million parcels delivered a day. 

“We’re probably going to deliver in the vicinity of 27 million parcels this year which would be up by 20 per cent over last year,” Caines says. “Online shopping and e-commerce is driving the whole business now.” 

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Weekend deliveries have become standard in the Energetic City, in order to make up for the worker shortage. There are currently four vacancies for letter carriers in Fort St. John, which Caines attributes to industry in the area. 

“It just boils down to economics,” he argues. “People are being well paid in other industries and unfortunately we can’t attract the people who want to stay with us.” 

Canada Post recently announced it will be phasing out home delivery in urban centres and replacing them with community mail boxes, but residents in rural Fort St. John still relying on home delivery won’t see any change.

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