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Canada Post warns some parcels will be delayed until the New Year

Last Updated Nov 27, 2018 at 5:58 pm PDT

The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company's Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Just because postal workers are back at work it doesn't mean your packages will arrive before the New Year

While letter will be delivered on time, Canada Post says some parcels won't be delivered until January or even March

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada Post employees may be headed back to work, but that doesn’t guarantee your holiday gifts will get there on time.

The Crown Corporation says that while every letter should be delivered before Dec. 25, parcels will be delayed into the New Year.

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That’s hard for local companies, like the ones Andrea Vance says advertise in her magazine West Coast Families.

“Trying to support some of these local businesses and telling our readers about them and so on. It was hard to promote them and tell people to order from them when you didn’t even know if they were going to get their goods in time,” she adds.

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Vance says luckily there are still options for local businesses such as craft fairs and Christmas markets, but notes some people who don’t live in urban areas rely on mail delivery for the holiday season.

But Mike LeBlanc with the Retail Council of Canada says his members are holding out hope their orders can get to customers on time.

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He says many Canadians shopped earlier in the season, which should help them get their packages on time.

“Certainly we were telling everyone this is not the year to procrastinate, this is the year to get your order in now,” LeBlanc says. “More Canadians took advantage of what we call ‘BOPIS’ in the industry, Buy Online Pick-up In Store.”

Canada Post says parcels coming from another country could be delayed until next March.