Letter Carriers

NOC 1512


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


  • 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.

Other Titles

  • mail carrier
  • mail collector
  • mail deliverer
  • postal carrier
  • postal service deliverer
  • postal worker
  • postman/woman
  • priority post carrier
  • rural mail carrier
  • special delivery mail carrier

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Communication
  • Physical stamina
  • Numeracy
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work independently
  • Organization
  • Time management

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Some secondary school education is required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • Two weeks to one month of training is provided by Canada Post Corporation
  • A valid permanent driver’s license is required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as letter carriers 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): $55,828        Average Wages and Salaries (POR): $48,419

Median Wages and Salaries (POW): $54,519      Average Wages and Salaries (POW): $50,284

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
4911 Postal service 335 670

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

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