Canada Post eases mail stoppages in Nunavut communities
Cambridge Bay back to full service; other hamlets continue to deal with delays
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.