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How To Address A Letter Or Parcel To Canada

When sending mail or packages to Canada it's a good idea to make sure that you know how to properly address a package as formats differ from those found in the UK. In addition to the fact that Canada is a bilingual nation with two official languages English and French. Getting the address right will help your business to avoid delays and possible charges.

how to address a letter or parcel to canada

How to Write A Canadian Address

Listed below is a visual example of a Canadian address in English,

NORTHERN STAR LTD

MARKETING DEPT

10-123 1/2 MAIN STREET NW

MONTREAL, QC H32 2YZ

CANADA


Addresses may also be written in French like in the example below,

NORTHERN STAR LTD

DEPT MARKETING

10-123 1/2 RUE MAIN NW

MONTREAL, QC H32 2YZ

CANADA

Canadian Address Format

1) Information such as the unit type (apartment/suite number) or the floor should be written above the town and province. Never use the # symbol or the abbreviation No.

2) Some names of towns, cities or communities with long names may be abbreviated to save space. For example,

MUNICIPALITY ABBREVIATION PROVINCE
Paradise Valley PARADISE-VLY Alberta
North Vancouver N-VANCOUVER British Columbia
Niagara On The Lake NIAGARA-LK Ontario
Portage La Prairie PTG-LA-PRAIRI Manitoba
Dalhousie Junction DALHOUSIE-JCT New Brunswick
Fort Good Hope FT-GOOD-HOPE Northwest Territories
Chesterfield Inlet CHESTRFLD-INL Nunavut
Gardiner Mines GARDINER-MNS Nova Scotia
Conception Harbour CONCEPTON-HBR Newfoundland & Labrador
Bloomfield Station BLOOMFLD-STN Prince Edward Island
Mont Tremblant MT-TREMBLANT Quebec
Stewart Valley STEWART-VLY Saskatchewan
Destruction Bay DESTRUCTN-BAY Yukon

2) After the street address, the city, territory/province abbreviation and postal code should all appear together on one line. Below are Canadian provincial abbreviations:

  • Alberta - AB
  • British Columbia - BC
  • Manitoba - MB
  • New Brunswick - NB
  • Newfoundland and Labrador - NL
  • Northwest Territories - NT
  • Nova Scotia - NS
  • Nunavut - NU
  • Ontario - ON
  • Prince Edward Island - PE
  • Québec - QC
  • Saskatchewan - SK
  • Yukon - YT

CAnadian PO BOX format

The address format for sending a parcel, package or letter to a Canadian Post Box is as follows,

Jacques Tremblay

PO Box 9999 STN A

MONTREAL, QC, H1A 0A1

CANADA

The name of the addressee is on the first line. The postal box number and the station number comes after that. And the municipality, province and postal code should all be together on the final sentence.

CANADA ADDRESS FORMAT TIPS

  • The address should be printed in block capitals.
  • Street types may be abbreviated, (Avenue = AVE; Boulevard = BLVD; Centre = CTR; Drive = DR; Park = PK; Road = RD; Street = ST)
  • Put the city, province and postal code on the same line.
  • Always abbreviate the province.

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