Effective Monday January 17, 2011, the price of a stamp to mail a first-class letter, card or postcard inside Canada goes up two cents, from 57 cents to 59 cents. Mailing a letter to the United States will go up three cents to $1.03. Mailing letters to other countries will cost $1.75, up a nickel from $1.70. Prices for non-standard sizes and weights are here.
Canada Post estimates that the average Canadian household buys 45 stamps a year, so the increase will likely mean less than $1 more out of our pockets for the year. There's still time to get around the increase on domestic stamps by buying PERMANENT™ stamps before January 17. PERMANENT stamps are the ones that don't have a denomination on them, but are always accepted at the current basic letter rate. So if you buy them now at this year's rate, you can use them even when the rates are higher.
Canada Post says it needs the extra revenue to cover inflation and direct operating costs, and to reinvest in network infrastructure.
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