Guidelines for sending your holiday cards and packages

    We encourage anyone sending a parcel or a card to friends or loved ones this holiday to do so as early as possible.

    That’s because Canadian shopping habits have dramatically and permanently shifted in response to COVID-19, resulting in a year of significant parcel volumes.

    Given the high volumes and the important safety measures in place throughout our network to protect Canadians and our employees, we have adjusted our expected delivery times. Canada Post will continue to put the safety of our employees and the people we serve first as we respond to the significant holiday parcel demand.

    View service alerts for the full list of countries that are currently impacted by service disruptions.

    When to send packages within Canada

    Domestic parcels Priority™ Xpresspost™ Flat rate box Regular Parcel™
    Local December 21 December 21 December 21 December 18
    Regional December 21 December 21 December 17-21 December 15-17
    National December 21 December 18 December 11-18 December 9-16
    Domestic parcels Priority™ Xpresspost™ Flat rate box Regular Parcel™
    Local December 21 December 21 December 21 December 18
    Regional December 21 December 21 December 17-21 December 15-17
    National December 21 December 18 December 11-18 December 9-16

    Updated on October 20, 2020

    When to send cards within Canada

    Destination Send by
    Local December 21
    Regional December 21
    National December 18
    Destination Send by
    Local December 21
    Regional December 21
    National December 18

    Updated on October 20, 2020

    View dates we recommend sending your holiday packages and cards by to ensure they arrive in the U.S.A. and other international destinations on time.

    U.S.A. Priority™ Worldwide Xpresspost™ U.S. Expedited Parcel™ Tracked Packets™ /
    Small Packets™
      December 21 December 11 December 08 December 07
    U.S.A. Priority™ Worldwide Xpresspost™ U.S. Expedited Parcel™ Tracked Packets™ /
    Small Packets™
      December 21 December 11 December 08 December 07
    Popular sending destinations Priority™ Worldwide Xpresspost™ International /
    Air parcels
    Tracked Packet™ /
    Small Packet™
    Europe December 18 November 25 November 22
    Asia December 18 November 20 November 17
    Central/South America &
    Caribbean
    December 21 November 16 November 09
    Africa December 18 November 18 November 11
    Middle East December 18 November 18 November 15
    Australia December 18 November 28 November 23
    China December 18 November 29 November 22
    France December 18 December 11 December 08
    Germany December 18 December 08 November 25
    India December 18 November 18 November 11
    Japan December 18 December 06 December 03
    Netherlands December 18 December 10 December 07
    New Zealand December 18 November 27 November 19
    Switzerland December 18 November 28 November 25
    United Kingdom December 18 December 04 December 01
    Popular sending destinations Priority™ Worldwide Xpresspost™ International /
    Air parcels
    Tracked Packet™ /
    Small Packet™
    Europe December 18 November 25 November 22
    Asia December 18 November 20 November 17
    Central/South America &
    Caribbean
    December 21 November 16 November 09
    Africa December 18 November 18 November 11
    Middle East December 18 November 18 November 15
    Australia December 18 November 28 November 23
    China December 18 November 29 November 22
    France December 18 December 11 December 08
    Germany December 18 December 08 November 25
    India December 18 November 18 November 11
    Japan December 18 December 06 December 03
    Netherlands December 18 December 10 December 07
    New Zealand December 18 November 27 November 19
    Switzerland December 18 November 28 November 25
    United Kingdom December 18 December 04 December 01

    Updated on October 20, 2020

    U.S.A. Send by
      December 07
    U.S.A. Send by
      December 07
    Popular sending destinations Send by
    Europe November 22
    Asia November 17
    Central/South
    America & Caribbean
    November 9
    Africa November 11
    Middle East November 15
    Australia November 23
    China November 22
    France December 08
    Germany November 25
    India November 11
    Japan December 03
    Netherlands December 07
    New Zealand November 19
    Switzerland November 25
    United Kingdom December 01
    Popular sending destinations Send by
    Europe November 22
    Asia November 17
    Central/South
    America & Caribbean
    November 9
    Africa November 11
    Middle East November 15
    Australia November 23
    China November 22
    France December 08
    Germany November 25
    India November 11
    Japan December 03
    Netherlands December 07
    New Zealand November 19
    Switzerland November 25
    United Kingdom December 01

    Updated on October 20, 2020

    Other holiday mail services

    Customs form

    Fill out your customs form online ahead of dropping off your package for international delivery.

    Go to customs form

    Letter to Santa

    Get tips and templates for writing your letter to Santa. Send by December 10 to get a letter back from the North Pole!

    Write a letter to Santa

    Custom stamps

    Order stamps online and have them delivered right to you. You can also personalize your stamps for the holiday season.

    Get custom stamps