December 01, 2006 12:48 ET

Canada Post/It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Mailing Deadlines Approaching Fast

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - There aren't too many days left between now and Christmas, so it's time to think about getting those cards, letters and gifts to friends and family into the mail. Canada Post handled more than 780 million pieces of mail during last year's holiday season, and this year looks to be just as busy.

The post office has the following international deadlines:

- November 27 - Central/South America and Africa

- December 4 - Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East

- December 8 - United States

Cards & Letters

In Canada, cards and letters can be mailed locally up until December 20. For mailing within your province, the deadline for all urban centres is still December 20, but envelopes going to remote and northern regions need to be in the mail by December 14 to be delivered in time for Christmas. If you're mailing to anywhere else in Canada, December 18 is the deadline for urban centres and December 12 is the deadline for northern and remote regions.


Regular parcel post can be shipped to major urban centres until December 11, while packages going to non-major urban centres must be in the mail by December 6. Parcels destined for northern and remote regions need to be in the mail by December 5.

Xpresspost is an economical alternative for people who need to get holiday packages delivered quickly - usually one to three days. Deadlines for Xpresspost are December 20 for major urban centres and December 19 for other urban centres. December 13 is the cut-off for Xpresspost packages heading to northern and remote regions.

Packaging Tips

- Put the gift in a box that's sturdy enough to protect the contents from mail processing machinery, the elements and handling.

- Use protective cushioning to ensure the contents don't move around remember that newspaper and tissue can compress during shipping.

- Ensure the box is well-sealed - please use packing tape.

- Ensure the complete sender's and recipient's addresses appear on the label, including the postal code. It's a good idea to slip a note with both addresses inside the box as well.

Contact Information

  • Canada Post
    Media Relations