Amazon Canada has announced it is now offering same delivery in Vancouver and Toronto on online orders received before noon. But it comes at a price.

"With same-day delivery, customers in Toronto and Vancouver can conveniently take care of errands or complete holiday shopping in a day with just a few clicks," country manager Alexandre Gagnon said in a statement released this morning.

Amazon says the service will be offered seven days a week, but not all items the company sells will be available for quick delivery.

The company says there are more than one million items available for same-day delivery to Toronto customers, and hundreds of thousands available to those in Vancouver.

  • Electronics — including movies, video games and consoles.
  • Household items — laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
  • Pantry items — packaged food and drinks.
  • Travel items — toothpastes, sunscreen and shaving cream.

Not all neighbourhoods are eligible, and Amazon has released a list of postal codes where same-day delivery will be offered. In Vancouver, for instance, the North Shore, and some eastern suburbs are excluded.

Customers who subscribe to Amazon's Prime membership will be charged a flat fee of $6.99 for the service, while others will pay $11.99 per shipment, and an additional $1.99 per item.

Amazon's same-day delivery business has soared in the United States, where it competes with Google in the emerging market.