Canada Post says this time of year there is typically a 30 to 35 percent increase in the amount of mail being delivered, with that going up more this year with Black Friday and Cyber Monday being so close to the holidays this year.
The company says that Wednesday, December 11 will be the cutoff date to ensure that gifts and packages sent to family and friends across Canada are received in time for the 2019 holiday season.
In order to ensure holiday delivery of cards and packages sent after Wednesday, customers will be required to pay for Xpresspost or Priority mail, which can be more costly in some cases.
The deadline for regular packages being sent to the United States, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world has already passed, so anyone looking to guarantee holiday delivery will also be required to pay for Xpresspost or Priority mail.
Canada Post notes, however, that deadlines for items that are purchased online will depend on the company and their individual shipping guidelines.