Job prospects Newspaper Distributor - Courier Service in Canada

People working as a newspaper distributor - courier service have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors (NOC 1513).

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Fair Fair
Quebec Fair Fair
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group decreased significantly, which led to an important increase in the unemployment rate, reaching 9.6% in 2018, above the national average of 5.8%. As the number of job vacancies remained very low, there was a substantial number of unemployed workers available to fill them. This suggests that the vacancies were being filled without any constrains. The analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers exceeded substantially the number of job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 7,800 , while 6,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, the labour surplus conditions seen in recent years are expected to continue over the projection period. The entirety of job openings is projected to arise from replacement demand, and more specifically from retirements. The retirement rate for this occupation is expected to be above average over the projection period. This is mainly attributable to the fact that workers in this occupation are slightly older on average than those in other occupations and generally retire at an earlier age. The job losses observed over the recent years are projected to continue over the projection period, but at a much more modest pace. These job losses are largely due to a decline in the delivery of newspapers and printed advertisements. However, hand-to-hand delivery of documents and packages (notably within or between establishments) should continue to increase over the projection period, which will limit the decline in this occupation. For the positions that will need to be filled, about half of job seekers are expected to come from the school system, while about one-third is expected to come from immigration.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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