VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Canada Post is recommending sending Christmas packages early this holiday season, while reminding voters to submit their mail-in ballots on time.
According to Canada Post, parcel volumes have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people choose to shop online, but letter mail has decreased.
“Definitely, our parcel volumes are up. I think the last numbers I saw, they’re up 64 per cent from this time last year,” said Coleen Jones, with Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
She recommended sending Christmas packages early.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” she added. “Back in May, there was one day where we delivered over two million parcels in one day.”
Regarding the Oct. 24 provincial election, the current count from Elections BC for requested mail-in ballots is 541,000. That’s about 47,000 more since Friday, as more people opt to skip the polling booth during this pandemic.
More than 11,000 people voted by mail during the 2017 election.
Canada Post is monitoring mail volumes and set the latest day voters can put their mail-in ballot in the mail stream as Oct. 17.
“We understand the important role we play in B.C.’s upcoming provincial election, which is why we have a team dedicated to this project,” says an email from Canada Post.
“As for volumes, parcel demands continue to be heavy as Canadians shop online … It’s important to note that letter mail is processed on separate and dedicated machinery and is less bulky and, therefore, easier to deliver than parcels. As well, while parcel volumes have increased this year, mail volumes have declined.”