Canada’s national mail service provider is called Canada Post. To purchase stamps and other postal services, visit your local post office, or find a Canada Post outlet. Outlets are often located in grocery or convenience stores. Canada Post mailboxes can be found along busy streets and beside many stores. These boxes are intended for regular mail (a letter, for example) that already has the correct postage affixed.
Large parcels must usually be brought to a Canada Post outlet to be mailed. Postage rates are based upon the weight and size of the item you are shipping. Be sure to purchase the appropriate stamps for your package or letter. Different postage must be paid for items being shipped internationally, to the USA, and within Canada.
Optionally, you can choose to send a letter or parcel by registered mail. For registered mail, details of the item being shipped are recorded, and the location of your package may be tracked en route to the destination. The receiver usually must sign for the package. Registered mail is available through Canada Post for an additional fee.
Canada Post offers a complete range of standard and specialized shipping. You can also use private companies such as FedEx, UPS, Purolator Courier, and others to send parcels. The telephone directory Yellow Pages will include listings for these services under “Courier Service”.
To find postal outlets in your area, visit Community Profiles. To learn more about Canada Post, visit www.canadapost.ca.