The Latest Canada Postage Rates 2021
The Canadian postal organization is a Crown corporation and has been operating for several decades. It works under the trade name “Canada Post,” which is also called “Postes Canada” in French. The Canada Post is known for providing affordable and reliable mailing services all across Canada, the US, and many other countries globally. They offer several mailing options to their customers in terms of delivery time and a lot of complimentary services like delivery confirmation and mail return to sender.
The postage rates in Canada in 2020 were quite nominal and offered an affordable means of mailing. For 2021, there are some new rate changes proposed by the organization, which will be discussed below, along with the mailing options and the other postage rates that shall remain unchanged.
Canada Post Postage Rates
The Canada Post postage rates depend on the mail item, its weight, and destination country. The rates to send mail domestically are quite affordable and offer Canadians a reliable way to send mail across the country. Sending mail to the US is also quite cheaper as shipping to the US from Canada is faster as compared to other countries. Canada Post also offers international shipping to many other countries around the world.
Standard Size Mail
- For sending a standard size mail of up to 30 grams or up to 5 paper sheets, the cost is $1.07 for a postage stamp and $0.92 per stamp – when purchased in a coil or booklet. This postal rate is for all standard-size mail items that are shipped within Canada.
- For sending such a mail item to the US, the rate starts at $1.30.
- Sending a standard-sized mail internationally will cost you $2.71.
Standard-sized mail includes postcards and letter envelopes of the standard size as prescribed by the Canada Post. The dimensions of a standard size mail should be a minimum of 5.6″ x 3.6″ with a thickness of 0.007″. The maximum size allowed is 9.6″ x 6.1″ with a maximum thickness of 0.2″.
Square envelopes are acceptable and priced in the same way as long as they stay within the required dimensions – minimum 5.51″ x 5.51″ x 0.007″ and maximum 6.14″ x 6.14″ x 0.19. Mail weighing between 30 grams to 50 grams or consisting of up to 9 paper sheets, the postal rate to ship nationally is $1.30. The rates to ship to the US and other countries are $1.94 and $3.88, respectively. Items that are over 50 grams cannot be priced as standard size mail.
Unusually shaped envelopes and large documents are defined under the non-standard or oversize mail category by the Canada Post.
- Oversized mail weighing up to 100 grams or comprising up to 20 paper sheets is charged at $1.94 for shipping to any part of Canada. This rate increases to $3.19 for shipping to the US. International shipping can be a little expensive, starting at $6.39, which is the minimum postal rate for sending non-standard mail to any place outside Canada and the US.
- Non-standard mail that weighs over 100 grams but no more than 200 grams, equivalent to sending 40 paper sheets – falls under the next weight category and costs $3.19 for national shipping. For shipping to the US and other countries under this weight category, the rates are fixed at $5.57 and $11.14, respectively.
- For sending oversized mail of between 200 grams to 300 grams, the postage rate in Canada 2020 is $4.44 to ship across Canada. This rate jumps to $11.14 for mailing to the US and sees a whopping rise at $22.28 for international shipping.
- The rate to send an oversized mail weighing between 300 grams and 400 grams is $5.09 nationally. Surprisingly, the rate to ship items to the US and other countries weighing under this category is the same as the rates under the weight range of 200 grams to 300 grams.
- $5.47 is charged for sending non-standard mail weighing over 400 grams but not exceeding 500 grams. Similar to the above weight categories, the rates for shipping to the US and other countries are $11.14 and $22.28, respectively. Basically, the US and international postage rates for mail weighing between 200 grams to 500 grams are the same, providing an affordable option to mail non-standard items outside Canada.
The maximum dimensions allowed for sending non-standard mail are 15″ x 10.6″. If these dimensions are crossed, the mail will be charged as a parcel. The delivery of your mail items will be done within two business days if they are sent within a town or city, three business days for mailing within a province, and up to 4 business days for shipping to other Canadian provinces. Mailing to the US through Canada Post takes 4 to 6 business days. International shipping of both standard and non-standard mail is done within 4 to 7 business days.
Mail items weighing more than 500 grams are considered parcels by the Canada Post, and the rates are determined accordingly. Varying with the Canada postage rates, delivery time, and other features – parcels can be sent through any of the four options provided by Canada Post.
Priority, Xpresspost, flat rate box, and regular parcels are all charged differently and have different features. For the priority mailing option, the delivery is executed the very next day across all places in Canada. On-time delivery, delivery confirmation, and tracking are the key features of this option. The Canada postage rates for sending parcels through priority mail, weighing up to 0.75 kg or 1.7 lbs, start at $20.08. The return to sender and hard-copy signature services are available for an extra fee.
Prepaid envelopes can also be sent using the priority mail option. The rate for mailing medium-sized prepaid envelopes regionally is $26.57, whereas the rate is $38.69 for mailing these envelopes nationally. 318 mm x 241 mm x 15 mm are the dimensions required for medium-sized prepaid envelopes. Large-sized prepaid envelopes can be set at the cost of $27.43 within the same province. For mailing large-size prepaid envelopes across provinces, the postal rate increases to $44.03. 394 mm x 314 mm x 30 mm are the main specifications for large-sized prepaid envelopes.
You can also use prepaid labels for sending parcels across Canada. However, these labels are only available to those customers who have signed an agreement with Canada Post regarding prepaid products. For the first 1.36 kg, the rates are $30.86 and $56.32 for regional and national mailing, respectively. For mail weighing up to 5 kg, prepaid labels can be availed at $37.61 for regional shipping and $90.89 for national shipping.
The next option to mail parcels across Canada is Xpresspost that delivers items the next day if the destination address falls within the same province. All the services are the same as priority mail. The main differences are that it takes up to two days to deliver nationally, and the recipient’s signature is taken if you pay an extra fee. The rate starts at $10.61 for mail weighing up to 0.75 kg.
Small, medium, and large-sized prepaid envelopes are sent using the Xpresspost mailing option for different rates. For regional mailing, the rates are $11.94, $13.50, and $16.59 for small, medium, and large-sized envelopes, respectively. Similarly, the rates for nationally sending these envelopes are $18.12, $19.04, and $29.67 as per the size. Small prepaid envelopes should fall under the dimensions of 260 mm x 159 mm x 15 mm. Medium-sized envelopes should not exceed the size of 318 mm x 241 mm x 15 mm, and large-sized envelopes should be up to 394 mm x 314 mm x 30 mm in size. Bubble prepaid envelopes are also available to be sent through Xpresspost. Small-sized bubble envelopes can be sent at $12.49 and $17.14 for regional and national mailing, respectively. Large-sized bubble envelopes are charged $18.67 to mail regionally and $30.22 to mail nationally. Bubble envelopes should fit the dimensions of 247 mm x 190 mm and 400 mm x 292 mm, respectively, for small and large sizes.
Prepaid labels can be purchased for mail up to 1.36 kg at $18.50 and $34.75 for regional and national shipping, respectively. You will have to pay $24.35 for sending mail weighing up to 5 kg regionally. National shipping for mail items of up to 5 kg will cost you $62.21.
3. Flat Rate Boxes
The next option to ship your parcels is by using flat rate boxes that come in three small, medium, and large sizes. The small flat rate box should stay within the required dimensions of 10.375″ x 14″ x 2.125″. The price for sending a small flat rate box across Canada starts at $17.99. Medium flat rate boxes are of the size 15.375″ x 10.25″ x 4.75″. The Canada Post postage rate for sending such a parcel is $22.99. Large flat rate boxes fall under the dimensions of 15.75″ x 11.8125″ x 7.50″. The cost jumps at $29.99 for sending large flat rate boxes. All flat rate boxes should be of the maximum weight of 5 kg and should be dropped at the post office. However, small flat rate boxes can also be dropped off at your nearby street letterbox. On-time delivery guarantee and tracking are the two prime benefits of sending parcels using this option.
4. Regular Parcel
For sending mail using the regular parcel option, you need to pay a minimum of $9.67 for up to 0.75 kg. The delivery for sending mail to a local address takes up to 2 business days, whereas regional mail can take 3 to 5 business days to reach its destination. All national mail deliveries are completed in between 4 to 9 business days. There is noon-time delivery guaranteed, and mostly all the add-on services are available for a fee.
The Recent Canada Postage Price Change Announcements
Canada Post has announced some postal rate changes that are in effect from 11th January 2021. The Canada Post postage rates for sending a letter domestically has been increased by two cents. This rate is applicable for letters that are less or equal to 30 grams. The cost for a single stamp has been increased to $1.07, and the cost per stamp in a booklet has been increased to $0.92 from $0.90. Canada Post has stated that the new rate changes will not make a great impact on the average postage that households spend annually. With the price inflations, the extra postage that a household will have to pay annually is less than a dollar. The total postage increase for small businesses will be around $6 annually.
You can visit the Canada Post website for more information on the announced changes and new prices. The good news is that, even though the rates have been increased, you can save up to 2 cents on every domestic letter that weighs no more than 100 grams. When compared to the rates of paper stamps, postage meter users are likely to benefit from the latest price changes as they can now automatically save some cents while using letter mail.
The Bottom Line
Canada Post postage rates to ship nationally and internationally are both affordable. Moreover, the additional services and the level of service quality provided make it one of the best postal organizations worldwide. Similar to the USPS, it provides several mailing options with different rates and services so that Canadians can easily avail themselves of an option according to their budget and the urgency of sending their mail item.