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1513 – Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between establishments. They are employed by courier service companies and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors.


Example titles

  • Bank messenger
  • Courier
  • Delivery person - courier service
  • Door-to-door distributor
  • Flyer distributor - courier service
  • Newspaper carrier
  • Runner - courier service

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Pick up messages, letters, envelopes, parcels, airline tickets, legal documents, packages, bonds, cheques, securities and other items from customers, and hand-deliver them to addresses within an establishment or in other establishments by walking or cycling within prescribed time periods
  • Collect payment for items delivered
  • Keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information acquisition devices
  • Deliver newspapers, flyers, handbills, telephone directories and similar items to residences and businesses.

Employment requirements

  • Secondary school education may be required.
  • Eligibility for bonding may be required.
  • Ability to navigate streets and follow directions is usually required.
  • Physical fitness is required for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions may be possible with experience.
  • There is some mobility into other delivery occupations such as delivery drivers.
  • There may be mobility to clerical occupations within the company.


  • Delivery and courier service drivers (7514)
  • Letter carriers (1512)
  • Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations (1214)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
1 – Business, finance and administration occupations
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
15 – Distribution, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
Minor group
151 – Mail and message distribution occupations
Associated Career Handbook profiles
1513.0 – Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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