Postage rate increase proposed for January 2013
May 25, 2012
Ottawa, ON – Canada Post would like to remind Canadians that the domestic basic letter rate will increase by 2 cents, from 61 cents to 63 cents, for standard letters weighing up to 30 grams, effective January 14, 2013. This is part of a five-year pricing strategy announced in 2009.
Canada Post is also proposing the following rate increases to come into effect on January 14, 2013:
- For domestic letters weighing between 30 and 50 grams, a $0.05 increase to $1.10;
- An increase ranging between $0.04 to $0.10 for all other domestic letter weight categories, with the heavier categories incurring the larger increases;
- For letters, cards and postcards up to 30 grams destined for the USA, a $0.05 increase to $1.10;
- For letters, cards and postcards up to 30 grams sent to foreign destinations, a $0.05 increase to $1.85;
- For domestic registered mail, a $0.25 increase to $8.50.
The price increases will help ensure that Canada Post’s costs in maintaining postal service to more than 15 million addresses across Canada will continue to be borne by people and businesses that use the postal service, rather than through taxpayer support. The proposed increases would have a minimal impact on Canadian households: an estimated 15 cents per year for domestic Lettermail™. The impact for a small or medium-sized business is estimated at close to $5 per year for domestic Lettermail.
Canadians and small businesses can save money by purchasing the PERMANENT™ Stamp before January 14. PERMANENT stamps are always valued at the going basic Lettermail rate.
Detailed information on these and other proposed rate changes will be published in the Canada Gazette Part I on May 26. Canadians will have 60 days in which to make representations to the Minister of Transport regarding the proposed rate increases.