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1512 – Letter carriers

Letter carriers sort and deliver mail, record delivery of registered mail and collect money for cash-on-delivery parcels. They are employed by Canada Post Corporation.


Example titles

  • Letter carrier
  • Postman/woman
  • Rural mail carrier

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Organize mail by address and load into mailbag
  • Deliver letters, small parcels and other printed matter along established routes
  • Deliver telegrams, special delivery and express mail
  • Collect payment for cash-on-delivery service
  • Record delivery of registered mail
  • Leave notices indicating that items could not be delivered and the location where they can be picked up
  • Return undeliverable mail to postal station.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Two weeks to one month of training is provided by Canada Post Corporation.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.


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
1512.0 – Letter carriers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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