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Special delivery: Canada Post issues holiday deadlines

Holiday mail deadlines are important to know for those sending cards and parcels this Christmas.
Canada Post has extended hours for December to help cope with an increase of incoming and outgoing mail at community post offices.

SASKATCHEWAN — To assist both the sender and the receiver, Canada Post has issued their holiday mailing deadlines as well as extended community post office hours in December.

Sending Christmas mail? Don’t forget deadlines. While annual Christmas cards aren’t nearly as popular or common as they once were, Christmas mail still keeps post office staff busy, especially with parcels.

Canada Post is asking people to plan ahead for sending holiday cards and packages to ensure they arrive at their destination in time for Christmas.

Regular local mail parcel deadline is Dec. 20 while priority or express post is Dec. 22. Regional deadlines are Dec. 16-20 for regular parcels while priority and express post are Dec. 21. For parcels going to a national location, regular parcel posts need to be sent between Dec. 9-19 while all others are Dec. 21. International parcel posts have different deadlines and can be found online.

For those who still send Christmas cards and letters, those going to local destinations have a Dec. 20 deadline, while regional destinations must be put in mail by Dec. 19. Sending to a national destination? Make sure you have it posted by Dec. 16 to arrive in time. International deadlines are earlier and can be found online.

Sending a letter to Santa? Everyone knows how busy St. Nick is this time of year so you must have your letter in the mail by Dec. 9 to ensure he receives it in time for Christmas. Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada

This story has been updated to clarify that not all post offices have expanded hours.


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