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The Latest Canada Postage Rates 2024 [Updated]

The Canada Post postage rates depend on the mail item, weight, and the destination country. The rates to send mail domestically are affordable and offer Canadians a reliable way to send mail across the country. Sending mail to the US is also cheaper because shipping to the US from Canada is faster than other countries. Canada Post also offers international shipping to many other countries around the world.

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.

Canada Postage Rates

For 2024, Canada Post proposed new postage rate changes, which will be discussed below, along with the mailing options and the other postage rates that shall remain unchanged.

Canada Post Postage Rates in 2024

The Canada Post postage rates depend on the mail item, its weight, and the 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

Canada Post Stamp Price

Canada Post Stamp Price Image

How much does it cost to mail a letter to Canada in 2024?

  • The cost of a Canadian stamp for postage within Canada is $1.07 for a postage stamp for sending a standard-size letter mail of up to 30 grams or up to 5 paper sheets. If you purchase stamps in a coil or booklet, the price drops to $0.92 per stamp. This postal rate is for all standard-size mail items that are shipped within Canada.
  • Mailing to the US (United States): For sending mail to the United States, the cost of a Canadian stamp for postage to the United States is $1.30 for a postage stamp.
  • Mailing Internationally: For sending mail internationally, the cost of a Canadian stamp for postage to an international country is $2.71 for a postage stamp. You can pay only $2.66 if you use metered postage of postal indicia.

Standard-sized mail includes postcards and letter envelopes of the standard size 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 and 50 grams or consisting of up to 9 paper sheets, the postal rate to ship nationally is $1.30. The shipping rates to the US and other countries are $1.94 and $3.88, respectively. You cannot price items over 50 grams as standard-size mail.

Non-standard/Oversize Mail

Unusually shaped envelopes and large documents are defined under the non-standard or oversized mail category by the Canada Post.

  • Oversized mail weighing up to 100 grams or 20 paper sheets costs $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, 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. The rates are $5.57 and $11.14 (respectively) for shipping to the US and other countries under this weight category.
  • For sending oversized mail between 200 grams and 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 to $22.28 for international shipping.
  • The rate to send an oversized mail weighing between 300 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 the charge 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. 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 exceed, the postal services treat the mailer 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.


According to Canada Post, mail items weighing more than 500 grams are parcels. Thus, it determines the rates accordingly. Varying with the Canada postage rates, delivery time, and other features – you can send parcels through any of the four options by the Post Office.

1. PriorityTM

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 $22.06. The return-to-sender and hard-copy signature services are available for an extra fee.

Prepaid envelopes also go through the priority mail option. The rate for regionally mailing medium-sized prepaid envelopes is $36.57, whereas the rate is $52.34 for mailing these envelopes nationally. 318 mm x 241 mm x 15 mm are the dimensions of medium-sized prepaid envelopes.

Large-sized prepaid envelopes cost $39.33 to ship within the same province. The postal rate increases to $62.08 for mailing large-size prepaid envelopes across provinces. 394 mm x 314 mm x 30 mm are the primary postal-prescribed specifications for sending 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.

2. XpresspostTM

The next option to mail parcels across Canada is Xpresspost which 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 career only captures the recipient’s signature if you pay an extra fee. The rate starts at $10.96 for mail weighing up to 0.5 kg.

Small, medium, and large-sized prepaid envelopes are sent using the Xpresspost mailing option for different rates. For regional mailing, the rates are $16.10, $18.50, and $23.32 for small, medium, and large-sized envelopes, respectively. Similarly, the rates for nationally sending these envelopes are $24.4, $25.70, and $40.52 according to 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 $16.81 and $25.55 for regional and national mailing, respectively.
  • Large-sized bubble envelopes cost $24.08 to mail regionally and $41.23 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.

Also Read: How To Send An Envelope In The Mail

3. Flat Rate Boxes

The next option to ship your parcels is by using flat-rate boxes in three small, medium, and large sizes. The small flat rate box should stay within the dimensions of 350 mm x 260 mm x 50 mm. The price for sending a small flat-rate box across Canada is $19.99.

Medium flat-rate boxes measure 390 mm x 260 mm x 120 mm. The Canada Post postage rate for sending such a parcel is $24.99.

Large flat-rate boxes fall under these dimensions- 400 mm x 300 mm x 190 mm. The cost jumps to $32.99 for sending them.

Canada Post also has extra small flat-rate boxes, starting at $16.99. They measure 241 mm x 165 mm x 89 mm.

All flat rate boxes should be of the maximum weight of 5 kg, and you must drop them off at the Post Office. You can also drop off the small flat-rate boxes at your nearby street letterbox. On-time delivery guarantee and tracking are the 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.

Features of Canada Post

Shipping with Canada Post will unlock several benefits and features as the leading parcel delivery company in the country. Let us highlight everything Canada Post has to offer. Here is what we are talking about:

Real-time Tracking: With Canada Post’s free tracking services, customers can track and manage their packages easily. You can receive real-time updates via email, telephone, or website.

Signature confirmation: Xpresspost, Priority, and Flat Rate boxes offer signature and confirmation services. So, until the package is signed for, the courier will not release it. For those who wish to receive their recipient’s signature confirmation in hard copy, you can also choose Hard-Copy Signature.

Flat Price Rate:  Only packages of 12 are available as flat rate boxes online. It’s simple to send direct mail assets anywhere in Canada or outside the country. It would help if you bought a box. However, you can only ship it if it weighs only up to 5 kilograms. You can choose from small, medium, and large boxes.

Collection on Delivery:  Payment can be made upon delivery of the package. Senders can collect from the person receiving a delivery fee of up to $5,000. This service is available to Canadian customers only. The sender must also pay the COD fees of $7.25 plus shipping charges for the service.

International Shipping:  Canada Posts serves more than 190 countries worldwide. You’ll also save 70 percent off international courier rates.

Updated Postage Rates:

Below are more updated postage rates from Canada Post as of January 8, 2024:

Personalized Direct Mail Pieces:

Personalized Mail (Machineable Category) Postal Indicia Price Phantom Price
Up to 50 g $0.538 $0.53
Up to 500 g $0.811 $0.81
Per gram over 50 g $0.0037

Business Reply Direct Mail Pieces

Business Reply Direct Mail Price in 2024
Standard up to 50 g (Non-Machineable) $1.02
Up to 100 g (Non-Machineable) $2.52
Between 100 g to 200 g (Non-Machineable) $3.25
Between 200 g to 500 g (Non-Machineable) $4.44
INTERNATIONAL Up to 50 g (Non-Machineable) $2.46
The annual fee for both Domestic and International Shipping Domestic: $890
International: $890


Lettermail Price in 2024
Postal Indicia
Postal Indicia: Up to 30 g $0.92
Postal Indicia: 30 g up to 50 g $1.30
Non-Std & Oversize: Up to 100 g $1.94
Non-Std & Oversize: 100 g to 200 g $3.19
Non-Std & Oversize: 200 g to 300 g $4.44
Non-Std & Oversize: 300 g to 400 g $5.09
Non-Std & Oversize: 400 g to 500 g $5.47


Postage Meter
Postage Meter: Up to 30 g $0.92
Postage Meter: 30 g up to 50 g $1.30
Non-Std & Oversize: Up to 100 g $1.94
Non-Std & Oversize:  100 g to 200 g $3.19
Non-Std & Oversize:  200 g to 300 g $4.44
Non-Std & Oversize: 300 g to 400 g $5.09
Non-Std & Oversize: 400 g to 500 g $5.47

Incentive Lettermail Prices

Incentive Lettermail Price in 2024
Standard up to 30 g $0.91
Standard 30 g to 50 g $1.19
Oversize up to 100 g $1.91
Oversize 100 g up to 500 g $1.91 +$0.0079 over 100 grams


The Recent Canada Postage Price Change Announcements

Canada Post has announced some postal rate changes that are in effect from January 8, 2024. The Canada Post postage rates for domestically sending a letter have been increased. This rate applies to letters that are less or equal to 30 grams. The cost for a single stamp has reached $1.07, and the cost per stamp in a booklet is now $0.92, up from $0.90.

Canada Post has stated that the new rate changes will not significantly impact 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.

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 increased, you can save on every domestic letter that weighs no more than 100 grams.

Postage meter users will benefit from the latest price changes compared to the rates of paper stamps 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 service quality make it one of the best postal organizations worldwide.

Similar to the USPS, it provides several mailing options with different rates and services so Canadians can easily avail themselves of an option according to their budget and the urgency of sending their mail item.

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