2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Canada

September 22, 2021

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Whether your customers live down the road, in another province, in the US, or overseas, there’s going to be customers that wait until the last minute to buy gifts this holiday season. Having a plan in place to cater to these customers is essential to having them go through checkout. As the shipping deadline dates approach for the following services, make sure that your checkout options are accounted for. Be aware that customers may not be as mindful to these regular parcel services as you are. Prominently displaying these cutoff dates on your website or during checkout helps avoid any potential bad reviews or returns for late parcels.  

Canada Post Last Days to Ship

Canada Post Domestic Services

Service Send by
Priority Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 
Xpresspost (Local and Regional zones)
Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 
Xpresspost (National zones)
Monday, December 20th, 2021 
Expedited Parcel  (Local zone)
Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 
Expedited Parcel  (Regional zone)
December 17th-21st, 2021 
Expedited Parcel (National zone)
December 13th-20th, 2021

Purolator Last Days to Ship

Purolator Domestic & International Services

Destination Send by
Next Day Delivery to Canada or US Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
Mexico, Caribbean, South and Central America, Western Europe, Australia
Monday, December 20th, 2021
East Asia [including China, Japan and Thailand]
Friday, December 17th, 2020
United States via Purolator Ground®
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East
Friday, December 13th, 2021

For more information on Purolator’s shipping deadlines, head here

FedEx Last Days to Ship

FedEx Domestic Services

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx Overnight® Services Thursday, December 23rd, 2021*
FedEx 2Day® Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021*
FedEx Economy® Tuesday, December 21st, 2021*
FedEx Ground® Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

*Allow 1 additional day when shipping from western provinces to Atlantic provinces (includes Thunder Bay and surrounding areas).

FedEx Canada Last Days to Ship to US

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx International First®
FedEx International Priority®
Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
FedEx International Economy® Tuesday, December 21nd, 2021*
FedEx International Ground® Tuesday, December 14th, 2021


Canpar Last Days to Ship (Estimated)

Canpar Last Days to Ship via Ground*

Origin Send by
BC Dec 11th-23rd, 2021*
AB Dec 14th-23rd, 2021*
SK Dec 14th-23rd, 2021*
MB Dec 15th-23rd, 2021*
ON Dec 17th-23rd, 2021*
QC Dec 17th-23rd, 2021*
NB/NS/PEI Dec 16th-23rd, 2021*
NFLD Dec 11th-22nd, 2021*

*Varies depending on the destination province

For more information on Canpar’s shipping deadlines, head here

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