Postal Codes Canada
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Postal Codes Canada website lists Canadian postal codes, along with short information for each postal code including province, city, phone area code, longitude and latitude.
Alberta Postal Codes
Calgary Postal Codes, Edmonton Postal Codes
British Columbia Postal Codes
Vancouver Postal Codes, Surrey Postal Codes, Burnaby Postal Codes, Richmond Postal Codes
Manitoba Postal Codes
Winnipeg Postal Codes
New Brunswick Postal Codes
Saint John Postal Codes, Fredericton Postal Codes, Moncton Postal Codes
Newfoundland Postal Codes
St. John's Postal Codes
NW Territories Postal Codes
Yellowknife Postal Codes
Nova Scotia Postal Codes
Halifax Postal Codes, Cape Breton Postal Codes
Nunavut Postal Codes
Iqaluit Postal Codes
Ontario Postal Codes
Toronto Postal Codes, Ottawa Postal Codes, Mississauga Postal Codes, Hamilton Postal Codes, London Postal Codes, Brampton Postal Codes, Markham Postal Codes, Windsor Postal Codes
Prince Edward Island Postal Codes
Charlottetown Postal Codes
Quebec Postal Codes
Montreal Postal Codes, Quebec Postal Codes, Longueuil Postal Codes, Laval Postal Codes, Hull Postal Codes
Saskatchewan Postal Codes
Saskatoon Postal Codes, Regina Postal Codes
Yukon Postal Codes
Whitehorse Postal Codes
The Canadian Postal Codes are organized hierarchically starting with Province level, drilling down to City level and finally reaching the postal code detailed pages.
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Canadian Postal System
Since 1867 when Canada Post was founded, the postal service of the country has established a reliable and efficiently working network of offices. They deliver premium-class mailing, shipment and delivery services to the Canadian residents. The postal system is used for commercial, social, and personal purposes, and its 8500 offices handle approximately eight billion pieces of mail per year. The postal offices process more than 40 million packages and pieces of mail a day, handled by full time and part time employees. In fact, Canada post is among the largest employers in the country, working with more than 70 thousand employees.
Postal services are provided in the main post offices and the postal stations. The rural areas and villages are served by revenue post offices while seasonal post offices work through the vacation season. There are also sub-post offices located in businesses and stores. When it comes to international shipping, Canada Post offers some of the fastest shipping services to different destinations around the world. Customers may track the status of their post parcel online in order to confirm its delivery at the designated address.
Much like the postal codes in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Canada’s postal codes are alphanumeric, that is, each postal code is a combination of six Latin letters and Arabic digits. In fact, the six-character postal codes were introduced in Canada as late as the 1970, which makes it one of the last Western countries to obtain a national postal code system. The city of Ottawa was the first to get a six-character postal code in 1971. With the introduction of the six-character postal codes, the work of Canada’s postal service became more efficient and better organized.
If a certain number of postal codes in Canada begins with three identical characters, they belong to one and the same forward sortation area (FSA). It is also noteworthy that the initial letter of an FSA stands for some postal district, that in turn corresponds to a certain territory or province. The only exceptions are Quebec and Ontario which respectively have 3 and 5 postal districts. It has to be mentioned that a zero in the FSA indicates a rural area, while all other digits stand for urban regions. The second letter specifies the particular rural area or the urban region, be it a city of medium size or a metropolitan area.
The last three numbers of a Canadian postal code indicate a local delivery unit (LDU). While FSA denotes a province or rural area in Canada, LDU indicates a single address or a small town. Note that an LDU can also indicate one side of a residential block in the large cities, one large building or part of a very large unit. LDUs ending in zero designate postal facilities from small outlets to big postal stations. In urban areas, local delivery units usually show the specific route of the carrier, while in rural areas it can denote particular set of mailboxes.