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Canada Mailing Address Formats and Other International Mailing Information

for mailing letters or packages to or from Canada,
such as postal rates to (or from) Canada, finding Canada addresses, Canada postcodes, etc.

Address Format Information

Special Bottom Margin for Canada
When mailing an envelope or postcard to or from Canada, leave at least the bottom 19 millimeters (3/4 inch) blank on both front and back.

The Canada Post Addressing Guidelines

Postal Symbols (Abbreviations) Recognized by Canada Post
  • Province and Territory Symbols

    Abbrev.English NameFrench Name, If Different
    BCBritish ColumbiaColombie-Britannique
    NBNew BrunswickNouveau-Brunswick
    NLNewfoundland and LabradorTerre-Neuve-et-Labrador
    NTNorthwest TerritoriesTerritoires du Nord-Ouest
    NSNova ScotiaNouvelle-Écosse
    PEPrince Edward IslandÎle-du-Prince-Édouard
    All values confirmed up-to-date as of 2010 January.

  • Street Types

    e.g. ABBEY, ACRES, ALLÉE, ALLEY, AV, AVE, BLVD, CTR, CIR, DR, PL, RD, RTE, ST, WAY, etc. Some standard abbreviations for French-language addresses differ from the English-language.

  • Street Directions

    Of the form: N, E, S, W, NE, NW, etc.

    The one exception is, in French-language addresses Ouest is represented by an O.
    So, W-->O, NW-->NO, etc.

  • Unit Designators


"Provincial and State Abbreviations"

Address Format Examples

a street address from Canada Post website, including features that only some addresses have
   10-123 1/2 MAIN STREET NW        [10 is a unit number, such as a suite or apartment number.]
   MONTREAL QC  H3Z 2Y7             [MONTREAL is the city;  QC is the province abbreviation;  H3Z 2Y7 is the postal code.]
   CANADA                           [If you were sending your mail from Canada, you wouldn't need this.]
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Postcode Search (find Canada postcodes / postal codes = 'Canada zip codes')

Postal code lookup:
At Canada Post (Requires Cookies)

Postal Rates to or from Canada

Postage calculators and tables showing how much postage you need to mail or ship to and/or from Canada are at the International Postal Rates Page.

Finding Out Addresses (such as addresses in Canada / Canada address search)

See Finding An International Address / Address Search.

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