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Hold Mail is a service which enables Customers to have their mail held by Canada Post because they are going on an extended holiday or will be away from their home or their business for a period of time. The service is accessible at canadapost.ca/hold or at any post office.
The School Service is available to schools to help ensure that their mail is handled properly during various extended holiday periods. The School Service allows schools to combine a temporary redirection with the Hold Mail service.
Table 1 lists the acceptable proofs of payment for Hold Mail service only if payment is made in an non-automated office.
Table 2 lists the acceptable methods of payment for Change of Address Service. Some restrictions or conditions may apply.
For more information, see Paying For Your Mailing.
Customers must complete a Request to Hold Mail form which can be obtained from any post office. Current, valid, original personal Customer identification issued by a government department or other reputable source which has the Customer’s photograph must be provided to purchase the Hold Mail service. For example, Customers can use identification such as their driver’s license, passport, record of landing, permanent resident card, certificate of Canadian Citizenship, or a certificate of Indian status, if the personal identification does not have the applicable address, additional identification/documentation is required.
The Customer can also purchase Hold Mail service at canadapost.ca/hold and will receive confirmation of his request by email.
A maximum of four (4) individuals, four (4) families, or two (2) businesses (or a combination of two (2) family names and two (2) businesses) can use this form. When a business and individual or family share the same form, the business fee applies.
The service is available for various periods of time depending on the type of Customer (residential, business, or school). The minimum fee for residential Customers is the 10 week days* (2 weeks) price and the minimum fee for businesses is the 5 week days* (1 week) price. However, Hold Mail service can be requested for a shorter period of time. The service can be renewed indefinitely, provided the renewal is requested before the expiry date of the service. The renewal fee will be based on the current service fee at the time of renewal.
Interim pickup during Hold Mail period: For interim mail pickup during the Hold Mail period, proper identification is required (e.g. government issued photo ID). If acting on behalf of another person (organization), proof of authorization is also required.
When the Hold Mail service expires or is cancelled, normal mail delivery resumes and the held mail is delivered to the Customer’s address. If the volume of held mail is too great to be placed in the mail receptacle, a Delivery Notice card is left and the Customer is required to pick up the mail at the post office.
A Hold Mail request cannot be accepted if the Customer receives mail through, or in care of, an institution such as a business, hotel, motel, rooming house, nursing home, hospital, school or similar institution, through a privately managed postal box, or if the Customer shares a postal address (where several businesses share a common postal address).
When conflicting instructions are received with regard to a specific address or Customer (for example, in the instance of a dissolved marriage, business or cohabitation), a court order or a signed, written agreement bearing the signature of all the involved parties is required. The agreement or court order must specify delivery instructions for individually addressed items and for jointly addressed items.
Parcels (e.g., Priority™, Xpresspost™, Expedited Parcel™ and Regular Parcel™) may be delivered and/or carded during the “Hold” period. Customers expecting any parcel deliveries should advise the sender(s) to delay shipping until their return.
The School Service allows schools to purchase the Hold Mail service or a temporary redirection service or to combine temporary redirection and the Hold Mail service for schools for periods when they are closed, for the duration of one year at a time. The annual fee depends on the service(s) selected and applies for the one-year period starting from the date the initial service was requested to start and covers up to 6 different time periods. Schools or School Boards are required to complete and submit the new School – Temporary Redirection and/or Hold Mail form to their local post office. The form will indicate the dates the school is open and closed, and if the mail should be held or redirected to a new address for each of the time periods. Appropriate identification and proof of authorization is required to act on behalf of the school.
General enquiries concerning the Hold Mail service should be directed to Customer Service at canadapost.ca/support or by phone at 1.800.267.1177.
The request must be supported by a Request to Hold Mail form that includes a legible and complete address with the correct Postal Code. See Addressing Guidelines for more information.