Canada Post eases mail stoppages in Nunavut communities

Cambridge Bay back to full service; other hamlets continue to deal with delays

Mail delays continue across several Nunavut communities due to wildfires in the Northwest Territories. (Photo courtesy Canada Post)

By Nunatsiaq News

Mail delivery has resumed for Nunavut communities whose service was disrupted last month by wildfires in the Northwest Territories, but some continue to deal with delays.

On Aug. 18, Canada Post issued a red notice — meaning a full mail stoppage — for Taloyoak, Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk, Gjoa Haven and Clyde River.

It cited wildfires in the Northwest Territories as the cause, saying the fires and evacuations interfered with normal delivery protocols.

Cambridge Bay was returned to full service on Aug. 24. As of Wednesday, the rest had been moved to yellow notice, meaning service has returned but might face delays.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 24 Canada Post issued yellow notices for more Nunavut communities: Arctic Bay, Cape Dorset, Eureka, Grise Fiord, Sanirajak, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, and Resolute Bay.

Their yellow notice status remains in effect.

Asked about the length of delays and how long mail service might continue to be disrupted, in an emailed response Canada Post spokesperson Janick Cormier said “unfortunately, due to the unpredictable impacts of wildfires on our transportation network, delivery service alerts for service interruptions have been issued for parts of Nunavut.”

Canada Post did not respond to other questions about when full service might return and how delays might affect different types of mail.


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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Hunter on

    Sorry to ask but what does Yellow Notice Status mean? Does it mean limited services/deliveries and extended wait times?

    Are these Yellow Notice Status have anything to do with Canadian North’s restricted cargo service that has been lifted?

    And lastly why is Clyde River listed as stopped when they are located on Baffin Island? They should not be affected by the wildfires as their services goes though Ottawa and Iqaluit.

    Journalist need to ask questions before posting stories that just create more questions.

    • Posted by Focus Group Think on

      Journalists have limited time and energy that needs to be used for the next LGBTQQIP2SAA piece.

  2. Posted by Layman on

    Looks like Canada Post don’t know their geography.

  3. Posted by 867 on

    Sad how the wildfires in the nwt have made their way to baffin Island to impact clyde river. Global warming is no joke

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