Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors (NOC 1513)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 16.83$
Maximum 26.50$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
4,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

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.

Main duties

  • Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors perform 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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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