how to send mail in Canada
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Are you new to Canada? Knowing how to properly format addresses can help you avoid any inconveniences that might result from misdirected or returned mail and parcels. Here’s how to send mail in Canada.

Addressing Personal Envelopes

  1. Write the name of the recipient right in the middle of the front of the envelope.
  2. Write additional information underneath the name of the recipient, such as the name of the business or organization, to help the letter get to its intended recipient.
  3. After the name of the recipient (and any other additional information), write down the unit (or suite, or apartment) number followed by a dash, then a street address.
  4. Write the recipient’s city, province and postal code. Addresses in Canada have specific province and postal codes, find out what they are by checking the Canada Post website.
  5. If you are sending mail from outside of Canada, write down Canada on the last line of the address. If you are sending mail from within Canada, you don’t have to write it.
  6. Write your return address using the same format as the recipient’s address. This is necessary because sometimes, the person you sent that letter to would like to respond, and it’s easy to find your address if you write it down on the envelope. Also, if you didn’t put enough stamps on it, Canada Post needs a return address so they can give you another chance to send the letter. The return address can be written on the front, upper left hand corner of the envelope or on the back of the envelope flap.
  7. If your return address is not Canada nor the United States, write the name of the country on the last line.

Addressing Business Envelopes

  1. Use an honorific if available, followed by the name of the recipient in the middle of the front of the envelope.
  2. Write the name of the business or organization underneath the name of the recipient. If you have additional information, such as a specific office or department, write it down before here.
  3. After the name of the recipient (and any other additional information), write down the unit (or suite, or apartment) number followed by a dash, then a street address.
  4. Write the recipient’s city, province and postal code. Addresses in Canada have specific province and postal codes, find out what they are by checking the Canada Post website.
  5. If you are sending mail from outside of Canada, write down Canada on the last line of the address. If you are sending mail from within Canada, you don’t have to write it.
  6. Write your return address using the same format as the recipient’s address. This is necessary because sometimes, the person you sent that letter to would like to respond, and it’s easy to find your address if you write it down on the envelope. Also, if you didn’t put enough stamps on it, Canada Post needs a return address so they can give you another chance to send the letter. The return address can be written on the front, upper left hand corner of the envelope or on the back of the envelope flap.
  7. If your return address is not Canada nor the United States, write the name of the country on the last line.

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