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Delivery & Courier Service Drivers (NOC 7514) may also be called:

  • courier service driver
  • delivery driver
  • mail service courier
  • newspaper delivery driver
  • pizza delivery driver
  • route driver
  • vending machine driver-supplier.

Couriers & Messengers may also be called:

  • delivery person
  • mail courier
  • runner

What Would I Do?

Delivery drivers: drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products.

Courier service drivers: Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between organizations.

Delivery and courier service drivers’ duties may include:

  • operate and drive vehicles (cars, vans and light trucks) to pick up and deliver various products, such as fast food, newspapers, magazines, bakery and dairy products, and items such as dry cleaning, envelopes, packages and parcels
  • perform pre-trip and post-trip inspection of vehicle
  • plan delivery travel schedules and service routes
  • load and unload cargo, goods or merchandise
  • provide customer service by selling products, delivering over established routes and accepting or making payments for goods

Couriers & Messengers pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between establishments. Couriers’ & messengers’ duties may include:

  • pick up messages, letters, envelopes, parcels, airline tickets, legal documents, packages, bonds, cheques, securities and other items from customers, and hand-deliver them to addresses within an organization or in other organizations by walking or cycling within specified time periods
  • collect payment for items delivered
  • keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information devices
  • deliver newspapers, flyers, handbills, telephone directories and similar items to residences and businesses

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Am I Suited For This Job?

Delivery and courier service drivers should have:

  • Good communication skills
  • knowledge of local geography
  • ability to navigate streets and follow directions
  • They should be:
  • polite, friendly, and courteous
  • physically fit

Bicycle messengers working in downtown urban areas may find the work is physically challenging.

Delivery and courier service drivers working in urban areas may find the work is stressful due to heavy traffic and difficult parking regulations.

Both vehicle drivers and bicycle messengers may work evenings and weekends and work outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Delivery and courier service driversCareer Cruising database (Profile for ‘Courier/Messenger’)

What Are The Wages And Benefits?

WorkBC reports that the median annual salary for Delivery & Courier Service Drivers is approximately $31,200 with a $15.00 median hourly wage rate across the province.  JobBank Canada lists hourly wages for BC’s regions where delivery & courier service drivers can expect to make:

Hourly wages by region for delivery & courier service drivers NOC 7514

Table from Job Bank Canada Wage Report

Couriers & Messengers annual median salary is $28,600 with a $13.75 median hourly wage.  JobBank Canada lists hourly wages for BC’s regions where couriers & messengers can expect to make:

hourly wages by region for couriers & messengers NOC 1513

Table from Job Bank Canada Wage Report

Some couriers are paid a flat rate according to the number of deliveries they make in a day. Others are paid a percentage of each sale made and many couriers work on a simple, hourly rate. Independent owner-operators have the highest earnings potential. However, they have to pay for their own expenses, including gas, out of their earnings.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Delivery and Courier Service Drivers, WorkBC Career Profile for Couriers & MessengersCareer Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Courier/Messenger’)

What Is The Job Outlook In BC?

WorkBC reports that for the period 2014-2023, the expected annual demand growth rate for courier & delivery service drivers will be 1.3% across the province.

forecasted average employment growth rate, job openings, composition of job openings for  2018-2028

JobBank Canada reports that for the 2018-2020 period in the Lower Mainland – Southwest region and through most of the province, the employment outlook is expected to be fair.

WorkBC reports that for the period 2018-2028, the expected annual demand growth rate for couriers & messengers will be 1.6% across the province.

forecasted average employment growth rate, job openings, composition of job openings for 2018-2028

JobBank Canada reports that employment outlook will be fair for Couriers & messengers in British Columbia for the 2018-2020 period.

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Delivery and Courier Service DriversWorkBC Career Profile for Couriers & Messengers, JobBank Canada, Employment Outlook

How Do I Become a Delivery & Courier Services Driver?

In B.C. there is no certification required to be a delivery driver / courier but you must have a driver’s license appropriate to the class of vehicle being driven. Employers often require a minimum of one year safe driving experience and completion of secondary school. Employers may wish to know if you are eligible for bonding. Although most couriers are trained on the job, you may also be asked to obtain certification in Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG). For information on TDG training, see:

You may also be asked to supply your own car or bike, and take care of any maintenance.

If you intend to be a bike courier in the City of Vancouver you must:

  • be 19 years of age or older
  • obtain a bike courier licence valid for the City of Vancouver by:
    • successfully writing an exam
    • obtaining a bike courier plate for an annual fee of $20

For more information, see: City of Vancouver: Bike Couriers

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Delivery and Courier Service DriversWorkBC Career Profile for Couriers & Messengers, Career Cruising database (Profiles for ‘Courier/Messenger’)

How Do I Find A Job?

Where would I work?

  • courier and messenger services, law firms, hospitals, government agencies, and businesses of all types
  • dairies, drug stores, newspaper distributors, take-out food establishments, dry cleaners, mobile caterers

Finding Advertised Jobs

Jobs are advertised in a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines and online job sites.

Local Newspapers

You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, in The Province on Sundays.

Job White Pages

Available in print at the Central Library or online at
JOB Freeway.com
Available from the VPL Digital Library | Explore our Digital Library page
NOTE: Access at VPL locations only

Online Job Postings

  • BC JobConnect
    **must have permanent resident number** newcomers can post their skills, education and work experience to BC employers looking for workers
  • WorkBC

Finding “Hidden Jobs”

Many job vacancies are not advertised. The resources below help you with finding jobs in this “hidden” job market.

Using Directories to Create a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of employers who are in this industry. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    [select ‘category’ and search for ‘courier’ , your location, and clear box ‘BBB accredited only’]
  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter “courier services” OR “delivery service” OR  “messenger service” and click SEARCH.
    Select the appropriate headings.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).

Networking, Volunteering and Temporary Agencies

Many positions are filled by people who have been recommended by someone they know. Networking, working as a volunteer or registering with a temporary employment agency are good ways of helping you find jobs and meet people in your industry.

Networking and the Hidden Job Market:

When looking for work, be sure to talk to friends, relatives and neighbours. They may know someone who is hiring! Working as a volunteer, attending events, and joining clubs and associations are good ways to gain “Canadian experience.” They are also good ways to meet people to learn about the local job market.

Volunteer opportunities

 

 

For additional tips see:

Applying for a Job

In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience.  Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.

For more information see:

Where Can This Job Lead?

Progression to supervisory positions or to non-driving occupations, such as driver trainer or dispatcher, is possible with additional training or experience.

Where Can I Find More Information?