The primary postal carrier in Canada is Canada Post, or Postes Canada in French. It provides postal services and mail to over 16,000,000 addresses through a network of 6,200 different postal offices spread across Canada.
The mail is delivered by 25,000 Canada Post letter carriers. No other country has a postal system that covers as much territory as the Canada Post.
This is all quite impressive! But when it comes to postage rates, they vary greatly from region to region, and based on the weight of the item being sent. How can you find the latest Canada postage rates? We’ll let you know in this article.
What constitutes “standard size mail”? The Canada Post defines it as either up to 5 pages or 30 grams, and sized at 245mm x 156 mm or 9.6 inches x 6.1 inches.
This covers most postcards, letters and envelopes. In fact, the maximum size for postcards in the United States or other international destinations is 235mm x 120mm or 9.2 inches x 4.7 inches, which is well below the “standard size mail” requirement.
Postage for a letter from Canada to a Canadian destination is $1.07 per stamp. However, you get a discount of $0.97 per stamp if you buy a book of stamps.
Postage for a letter from Canada to the United States is $1.30.
Postage for a letter from Canada to other international locations is $2.71.
Items that don’t meet the weight or size dimensions of standard-sized mail fall within the category of non-standard or oversized mail. These items cost more in postage than standard-sized mail.
For Non-Standard/Oversized items, the maximum size is 380mm x 270mm, or 15 inches x 10.6 inches. If your item is any bigger than that, you’ll have to use Canada Post parcel services.
The latest Canada postage rates for non-standard/oversized mail are as follows:
Prepaid registered mail is ideal for people who need proof that the mail was delivered to its intended recipient. You get a signature from either the recipient or their representative.
On top of that, you get a receipt for the purchase, the signature, tracking information, and the date the mail was received. It costs $11 for standard-sized mail and $13 for oversized mail.
Anything that weighs more than 500 grams is classified as a parcel. You have four different shipping speed options for parcels:
|Flat Rate Box
|Local, within a city or town
|Up to 2 days
|Up to 2 days
|Up to 3 days
|Up to 2 days
|Up to 2 days
|Up to 4 days
|Up to 6 days
|Up to 2 days
|Up to 8 days
|Up to 10 days
Here are the latest Canada postage rates for each of these options:
Using the table above, it’s pretty easy to see that this is by far the fastest service. Because of that, it’s considered the best express shipping offered by Canada Post.
Along with fast delivery, you receive things like confirmation and tracking numbers, both of which are quite handy and provide a lot of piece of mind.
The latest Canada postage rates for Priority Post depend on weight, but start out at $20.08. You can determine the latest Canada postage rates for Priority Post service here.
You can send pre-paid envelopes using priority mail. It’s $26.57 to send a medium-sized envelope regionally or $38.60 nationally. Large envelopes cost $27.43 regionally and $44.03 nationally.
The tier just under Priority Post, Xpresspost has slightly longer delivery times. Priority Post includes recipient signing, but that costs extra with Xpresspost. It does, however, include delivery confirmation and tracking numbers.
The latest Canada postage rates for Xpresspost is based on weight and starts at $10.61. You can check out the latest rates for Xpresspost here.
You can send prepaid envelopes with the Xpresspost option.
To send small-sized envelopes regionally costs $11.94 and $18.12 for national delivery. Delivery of medium-sized envelopes is $13.50 regionally and $19.04 nationally. And Xpresspost delivery of large envelopes costs $16.59 regionally and $29.67 for national deliveries.
They also provide rates for bubble sized envelopes.
Their next tier is flat rate boxes.
The current rates for flat rate shipping boxes sent across Canada are $17.99 for a small box, $22.99 for a medium box and $29.99 for a large box.
It doesn’t matter which size you choose, the weight of the box mustn’t exceed 5 kilograms.
This shipping option offers both an on-time delivery guarantee and a tracking number.
This is the cheapest delivery option, but it also doesn’t offer an on-time delivery guarantee.
It costs $9.67 for parcels that weigh up to 750 grams.
Right now, stamps cost $1.07 per stamp or $0.97 if you buy a whole book. You can buy stamps here. These stamps cover only their current value.
So, in the future if the price of stamps goes up, these stamps will cover $1.07 towards the cost of postage.
Permanent stamps are another creature entirely. You can buy either a coil or a booklet of permanent stamps and they’ll always cover the latest Canada postage rates, even if they raise from the time you bought them.
Permanent stamps are marked with a “P”. A booklet of 10 permanent stamps currently costs around $9.20. You can shop for them here.
Here’s a look at shipping to the United States and other international destinations:
You can check out more information about Canada Post Commercial Prices here.
Canada has a few delivery standards. All of the delivery times listed in this article are business days. Canada post considers business days weekdays (not Saturday or Sunday), and they exclude statutory holidays and national holidays that are observed by the Canada Post.
The delivery times are also dependent on your dropping off the parcel or mail before the designated local cut-off time. If you fail to deliver it before the cut-off time, then the delivery time will start from the next business day.
Which means that if you drop it off after the cut-off time on a Friday, your delivery time doesn’t start until Monday, unless that Monday happens to be a holiday and in that case it will start on Tuesday.
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