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

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between organizations.

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People in this career group work for courier service companies and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors.

Common job titles
  • bank messenger / runner
  • copy runner, courier service
  • courier
  • courier, mail
  • delivery person - parcels / packages
  • delivery person, advertising / newspaper


Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors:

  • 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 organization or in other organizations by walking or cycling within specified time periods
  • collect payment for items delivered
  • keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information devices
  • deliver newspapers, flyers, handbills, telephone directories and similar items to residences and businesses

Work environment

  • An outdoor work environment with exposure to varied weather conditions.
  • An interior space such as a vehicle.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.