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Price of Stamps Goes Up in Canada

By December 12, 2010

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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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Comments

December 17, 2010 at 12:50 am
(1) Sandra Petrich says:

Trust Canada Post to gouge its customers on the flimsy excuse of inflation, reinvestment of the network and direct operating costs.
59 cents for a stamp to mail a letter in Canada. You have got to be kidding me, except that you are not. 5 cents for a stamp is the value of a stamp.
Thanks to Canada Post, our Christmas traditions of cards is but a distant memory.
don’t mind paying people more for something if we’re getting more. But just to change a deal because you’re greedy and you want more? No. I’m not gonna go along with that.
Corporations are greedy parasites that thrive on their hosts (labor) . Who pays labor for their expenses? Hmmmm!

March 28, 2011 at 11:24 am
(2) JB says:

are the prices of stamps regulated in canada – a local store is selling the stamps for 75 cents instead of 59 cents – is this allowed – if not who should i contact regarding this matter?

thanks

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