How long does it take for mail to be delivered?

Standard delivery times vary depending on what you’re sending (for example, letter, parcel, Canada Post Personalized Mail™(formerly Addressed Admail), etc.) and how far you’re sending it. For example, a personal letter sent within Canada typically takes between 2 and 4 days, depending on whether it is being sent locally or across the country.

Find specific delivery standards for different services.

How is the delivery time calculated?

The delivery time is calculated from the business day after the item is mailed to the first delivery attempt. Don’t count the day the item is mailed, weekends or statutory holidays.

Exceptions

  • Delivery standards do not apply to redirected or returned packages
  • Delivery standards apply (but are not guaranteed) for packages shipped using a Return Service label
  • Packages that do not meet product specifications for the requested service may not be delivered within our delivery standards
  • Parcels or letters that are packaged or addressed incorrectly may not be delivered within our delivery standards
  • Delivery standards are subject to change without notice

For many trackable items the delivery date is available in our Track Tool.