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UPDATE: Canada Post resumes delivery in some parts of BC

(UPDATE: Sept. 16 @ 4:10 pm) - Air quality is still poor, but starting to show small signs of improvement around central and southern British Columbia.

With that news, Canada Post started to resume deliveries in certain parts of the province, as only Trail and Castlegar remain on red delivery service alert.

The following municipalities are now on yellow delivery service alert, which means Canada Post has been doing its best to make deliveries, but may be dealing with issues or delays:

  • Abbotsford
  • Cloverdale
  • Delta (added Sept. 16)
  • Maple Ridge (added Sept. 16)
  • Parts of Metro Vancouver
  • Mission (added Sept. 16)
  • Nelson
  • New Westminster
  • Penticton (added Sept. 16)
  • Powell River
  • Surrey
  • Vernon
  • Greater Victoria area
  • White Rock

Full mail delivery was restored today in the following areas:

  • Campbell River
  • Courtenay
  • Cranbrook
  • Duncan
  • Ganges
  • Kamloops
  • Kimberley
  • Mayne Island
  • Nanaimo
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Parksville
  • Sooke

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia</who>Kelowna at 4 pm on Wednesday.

(UPDATE: Sept. 15 @ 5:05 pm) - Canada Post is still not delivering in many parts of British Columbia due to poor air quality caused by smoke from forest fires south of the border.

The following areas are on a red delivery service alert, which means there were no deliveries today and they'll only resume once it's deemed safe to do so:

  • Castlegar
  • Cloverdale
  • Duncan
  • Ganges
  • Mayne Island
  • New Westminster
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Sooke
  • Trail
  • White Rock

The following areas are on a yellow delivery service alert, which means Canada Post will do its best to deliver, but there still be serious delays or no deliveries:

  • Abbotsford
  • Campbell River
  • Courtenay
  • Cranbrook
  • Kamloops
  • Kimberly
  • Parts of Metro Vancouver
  • Nanaimo
  • Nelson
  • Parksville
  • Powell River
  • Surrey
  • Vernon
  • Greater Victoria area

Canada Post will provide another update on services on Wednesday.


<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia</who>The smoke in Kelowna on Tuesday afternoon.

(Original story: Sept. 14 @ 2:05 pm) - If you’re waiting for mail or a package from Canada Post, you’re going to be waiting a little longer.

The company announced today that delivery has been put on hold for at least the rest of the day due to poor air quality in central and southern British Columbia.


"The safety of our employees is our number one priority," said a statement from Canada Post.

"A Red service alert (which was issued today) means that we are suspending delivery for the day and not sending our delivery agents out, as air quality conditions have made it unsafe."

The following regions will not have any more deliveries today:

  • Metro Vancouver area
  • South Vancouver Island (Duncan, Sidney and Victoria)
  • North Vancouver Island (Campbell River and Powell River)
  • West Vancouver Island (Courtenay, Nanaimo and Port Alberni)
  • Okanagan Valley and Similkameen regions (Kelowna and Penticton)
  • Kootenay regions (Cranbrook, Castlegar, Nelson and Trail)
  • Thompson, Nicola and Fraser regions (Vernon and Kamloops)


<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia</who>Kelowna at 2 pm today.

BC’s air quality is currently poor due to wildfires south of the border.

Most of the central and southern part of the province is currently at 10+ on the air quality health index, which is labelled as very high risk.

It’s supposed to go down to 10 tonight and on Tuesday, which is considered high risk, but Canada Post said that deliveries will only resume when it's deemed safe to do so.



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