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Canada Post makes holiday connections easy!

Dec. 4, 2007

The holidays are fast approaching and it's time to get this holiday season's greetings and parcels in the mail. Whether mailing within Canada, to the United States or abroad, Canada Post has delivery options for every destination and budget.

"When Canadians send holiday joy to loved ones, they turn to Canada Post," says Mary Traversy, senior vice-president, Operations at Canada Post. "When it comes to stress-free holiday sending, Canadians know Canada Post helps keep the magic of the holidays alive with services, products and delivery excellence that almost equal Santa's. Our company and our employees also embrace the spirit of the season with their commitment to the Letters to Santa program, our support for the Salvation Army and the free mail to the troops program."

During December 2006, Canada Post delivered more than 900 million pieces of mail. In the week before Christmas, Canada Post handled 225 million pieces of mail. It's a busy time, but the company's 72,000 dedicated employees are up to the task.

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Of course, no child's holiday is complete without their letter to Santa, and his special reply. For more than 26 years, Canada Post has been helping Santa with his huge holiday volume of mail. Thanks to Canada Post's Santa Letter-writing Program, children can write to the jolly old fellow in virtually any language, including Braille, and receive a response in the same language. The Santa Letter-writing Program has been a key element in Canada Post's literacy initiatives. Letters to Santa are often a child's first letter-writing experience, with the response becoming a treasured memory that is read over and over. The authors of some of the first letters to Santa are now helping their own children write letters to him, creating a literacy tradition that spans generations. Send a letter to Santa (don't forget a return address) at:

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Or, send him an email at

Festive stamps offer lasting value
Canada Post's Christmas stamps are extremely popular with consumers who want to add cheer to their mail at this special time of year.

The 2007 holiday stamps reflect the universal themes of love, peace, renewal and the festive spirit of the season. The domestic rate PERMANENTTM stamp (always worth the going rate, so stock up if you like this year's design!) features Mary and Joseph admiring baby Jesus; the U.S. rate stamp (93 cents) shows an angel announcing the birth of the King of Peace; and lastly, the international rate ($1.55) presents the Dove of Peace on a field of green, the colour of hope. Another PERMANENT stamp featuring a playful Reindeer will also be available November 1.

Canadian mailing deadlines
To ensure your holiday cards and letters arrive on-time, they should be mailed by December 19 (for local delivery), December 18 (for delivery within your province) or by December 17 (delivery outside your province, within Canada).

Regular parcels for delivery within Canada should be mailed by December 20 (for local delivery), December 17 (for delivery within your province) and December 11 (outside your province). Need more time to get your packages ready? No problem. The post office has other options (for every budget and speed requirement) to ensure your gifts and greetings arrive on time for the holidays - even if you've only just found the perfect gift a few days before the big day.

To ensure gifts arrive in one piece, the advice is simple: pick the right box, pack it right, seal it tight, and post it now! For detailed packing tips, visit - stress-free mailings, no matter when or where…
Canadians turn to more than 100,000 times a day during the holiday period. Most often, they're looking for a postal code, but with the new they'll find a lot more that will help reduce their holiday stress. Order stamps and mailing products, create a customized address book, use an online reminder calendar, track your packages, and more… all in one place!

When sending holiday parcels, think Xpresspost™. This service is fast, tracked and guaranteed for shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and abroad at a much lower cost than couriers. For more information, go to

With Ship-in-a-click™ Canadians can calculate and pay for postage and print shipping labels from the comfort of their own homes, making it even easier to get ready for the holiday season. After affixing the label, packages can be placed in any Canada Post mailbox or brought to a post office. Visit to see how easy it is.

Finally, imagine how pleased family and friends will be to receive your holiday cards and packages with Canada Post Picture Postage™ stamps. Your favourite photo is part of the stamp and uniquely announces your festive wishes. Delivery takes two to three weeks; order online at

Spreading the joy of the season
Canada Post is once again helping The Salvation Army share holiday Joy with a $25,000 donation that will be used to deliver the spirit of the holidays to Canadians in need. This is the seventh year Canada Post is supporting The Salvation Army's efforts to meet the needs of individuals and families in our communities. A new aspect of our partnership with The Salvation Army is an opportunity for Canadians to send a gift to a family in need, at no charge, using Ship-in-a-clickTM. The gifts will be distributed by The Salvation Army. The online program is available to consumers from November 1 to December 19.

Canada Post will also offer free delivery of letters from family and friends to Canadian troops serving overseas from October 26, 2007 until the start of 2009. In addition, from October 26, 2007 to January 11, 2008, Canada Post will again provide free parcel service for family and friends of deployed Canadian troops. Canada Post hopes this offer will help bring the deployed troops closer to their family and friends during the Holiday season when they would normally be with their loved ones.

There's always lots to do and worry about during the holidays, but with Canada Post's services, products and dedicated employees, sending greetings and gifts to friends, family and associates is as easy as, well, unwrapping Christmas gifts!

For more information :

Media Relations
Canada Postes
613 734-8888