This information is updated monthly on our Internet site. However,
changes to householder counts information are made on a daily basis to our
internal systems so the information you see on Letter Carrier Walk maps may
not be current or complete. To ensure that you have all Letter Carrier
Walk information associated with the selected FSA(s), which may not be
currently available on these maps, please click back to the Householder
Count Page to determine all Letter Carrier Walk numbers included within the
Targeting Your Audience
As Direct Marketers, you know the importance of targeting specific audiences or customers based on their geographic, demographic and lifestyle characteristics. This way, your business message reaches the people most interested in learning about your product or service offering.
Canada Post's Householder Counts can help by providing the geographic information that you need to target your audience when using Unaddressed
The Power of the Postal Code
The six-character postal code determines how mail is sorted and delivered in Canada. Canadian postal codes are structured in an alphanumeric format: K7L 1B3, for example. The pattern is always Letter/Number/Letter, followed by a full space, then Number/Letter/Number.
The first three characters of the postal code are known as the Forward Sortation Area
pinpoint a general area to which mail is delivered. The first character represents a province or territory or a portion within either. For example, in the postal code K7L 1B3, the letter K represents eastern Ontario, while the 7L indicates a geographic area of the city of Kingston. By using the
FSA, you can find the information you need to plan your Unaddressed Admail
The last three characters of the postal code are called the Local Delivery Unit
(LDU). The LDU reveals a specific delivery point, such as a building, a large-volume receiver of mail, or a range of addresses on a street.
Householder Counts provides information on Urban and Rural counts for both the Consumers' Choice program and Total Points of Call.
Canada Post allows you to target your customers more effectively by
respecting the wishes of consumers who indicate, through a self-produced
note on their mailbox or mail receptacle, that they do not wish to receive
unaddressed materials. The only exemptions are materials from Elections
Canada and provincial Chief Electoral Officers, House of Commons mailings,
municipal electoral mailings and community newspapers.Therefore your mail
piece is received by customers who want to receive it. The breakdown of
delivery points with these notices are referred to as Consumers' Choice
points of call and the breakdown of delivery notices are known as Total
Points of Call within our householder data.
Total Points of Call
The Total Points of Call provides the total counts of houses, apartments, businesses and farms.
Householder Designator Definitions
Householder Type and Count information is made available to Unaddressed Admail customers to describe the delivery points served by Canada Post and to help mailers determine the number of mail items needed to cover a particular area.
Householder Types have been segmented into the following four groups:
The following definitions apply to existing points of call which have been deemed eligible for mail delivery by Canada Post.
Classification of a point of call must fall within one of these four definitions. All reasonable efforts are used to ensure all points of call are appropriately categorized. Potential errors or omissions may be reported for correction to Canada Post Customer Service.
A point of call category that includes residential dwellings that may be detached, semi-detached or attached in a row. These dwellings have separate entrances and may be horizontal (in a row) or vertical (one on top of the other).
Examples: single family house, row townhouses, stacked townhouses, and duplexes.
Note: If a business is operated from a house that is also used as a residence, the point of call is to be classified as a house.
A point of call category that includes self-contained* residential units within a high-rise or low-rise multiple-unit building of three or more such units, that share a common main entrance to the building.
Examples: rental apartments, condominium apartments, multi-unit private retirement residences.
Note: If a business is operated from an apartment which is also used as a residence, the point of call is to be classified as an apartment.
* Self-contained unit: A self-sufficient, complete and independent unit that has the same domestic features of a house that are not shared with other units (containing own bedroom(s), kitchen, bathroom(s), living area).
A point of call category that includes buildings and structures where the primary activity is commercial, industrial or institutional (institutional includes but is not limited to churches, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools).
Note: If a business is operated from a house or apartment which is also used as a residence, it is to be classified as a house or apartment as the case may be.
A point of call category that includes residential and business buildings associated with a defined area of land (ex. fields) used to raise crops, animals or fish.
Note: The point of call does not necessarily have to belong to any farming association to be classified as a farm.
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