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Be aware of deadlines if you want cards, gifts to arrive in time: Canada Post

Canada Post is reminding people in Grande Prairie to keep a few things in mind when sending cards and packages this holiday season.

People looking to ship items internationally by priority mail have until December 18th. Shipping to the United States has a deadline of December 19th by priority shipping and December 10th for regular parcels.

Items being shipped to places within Canada have a deadline of December 23rd by priority mail or December 11th for regular parcels.

In locations that use community mailboxes, Ben McCutcheon with Canada Post says there are other options if people are concerned about thieves this time of year.

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“You can use the flex delivery service and have it delivered to a site, maybe it’s a post office near where you work and you just pick it up on the way home.”

When it comes to holiday cards, those going to places within Grande Prairie should be sent by December 20th. Those being mailed within the province should be done by December 19th and cards being sent outside of the province should be in the mail by December 18th at the latest.

All the information about mailing dates and costs can be found on Canada Post’s website.

McCutcheon is also reminding residents across the city to make sure they clear a path so that mail carriers can deliver those cards and packages to their homes, adding that he has seen a number of employees get injured in the winter.

“The best tip from a safety perspective is snow removal, and ice [removal] on walkways and driveways. Only Santa uses the chimney and we need to be able to get up to your door when required to get you everything that you need for the Christmas season.”

In the city during the month of January, seven carries were injured on the job due to slips, trips and falls. Carriers can refuse to deliver to a home if they believe it isn’t safe.

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