Holiday shipping deadlines in Canada to ship your packages with send by dates to be delivered by Christmas.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Canada (2018)

October 17, 2018


Pretty much everyone experiences some sort of holiday stress. And, understandably, that stress can lead to mistakes. Maybe you bought the wrong gift. Or maybe someone gave you a present and you didn’t have one to give in return.

While those situations are definitely awkward, your friend or family member is likely willing to forgive and forget. (You’ll just have to really knock it out of the park next year.)

But if a retailer sends the wrong item or doesn’t get an order delivered on time? Their customer probably won’t be as understanding. And it’s doubtful they’ll give the retailer a chance to make it up to them.

That’s why it’s so important for ecommerce retailers to have their shipping and fulfilment process in order long before the holidays. But you can’t do that without knowing each courier’s holiday shipping deadlines.

To help reduce your holiday stress, we’ve put together the shipping cut-off dates for some of Canada’s largest couriers, including Canada PostPurolator, and FedEx Canada. Check them out!

Canada Post Shipping Deadlines

Canada Post Domestic Services

Service Local Zone Regional Zone National Zone
Regular Parcel™ December 19-20 December 18-20 December 11
Expedited Parcel™ December 21 December 19-21 December 13-18
Xpresspost™ December 21 December 20-21 December 20
Priority™ December 21 December 21 December 21

Canada Post Shipping Deadlines to United States

Xpresspost Parcels/packets
December 14 December 21

Canada Post Shipping Deadlines to Rest of World

Region Xpresspost Air Parcels/packets
Europe December 7 December 3
Asia / Australia / New Zealand December 7 December 3
Central/South America / Caribbean December 7 December 3
Africa December 3 November 26
Middle East December 7 December 3

Learn more tips and tricks on how to win this holiday season from Canada Post.

Purolator Send By Dates

Purolator Domestic Services

Destination Send by
Next Day Delivery to Canada or US Saturday, December 22
Canada or United States Friday, December 21
United States via Purolator Ground® Thursday, December 13
Mexico, Caribbean, South and Central America Tuesday, December 18
Western Europe, (United Kingdom, France, Germany) Tuesday, December 18
Australia Tuesday, December 18
Far East, including China, Japan, and Thailand Monday, December 17
Other international destinations (Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia, Middle East) Tuesday, December 11


FedEx Last Days to Ship in Canada

FedEx Domestic Services

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx Overnight® Services Friday, December 21
FedEx 2Day® Thursday, December 20
FedEx Economy® Wednesday, December 19
FedEx Ground® Monday, December 17

FedEx Canada to US Last Days to Ship

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
FedEx International First®

FedEx International Priority®

Friday, December 21
FedEx International Economy® Thursday, December 20
FedEx International Ground® Friday, December 14

FedEx International Destinations Last Days to Ship

 Region FedEx International First® & Priority® FedEx International Economy®
Latin America and Caribbean December 20 December 17
Europe December 20 December 18
Middle East and Africa December 18 December 17
Asia-Pacific December 19 December 17


UPS Last Days to Ship in Canada

UPS Domestic Services

 Service Shipping Cutoff Date
UPS Expedited® Services Thursday, December 20
UPS Express® Services Friday, December 21

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