Couriers, Messengers and Door-To-Door Distributors

NOC 1513


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.


  • 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.

Other Titles

  • delivery person – courier service
  • bank messenger
  • bill distributor
  • newspaper carrier
  • door-to-door distributor
  • paper boy/paper girl
  • runner – courier service
  • flyer distributor – courier service
  • sample distributor – courier service

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Customer service
  • Physical stamina
  • Record-keeping
  • Able to work independently
  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Good sense of direction

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Secondary school education may be required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • Eligibility for bonding may be required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$5,650 $16,688 $10,910 $20,269

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
5111 – Newspaper, Periodical, Book and Director Publishers 165 175
5191 – Other Information Services 10 10

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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