Follow these guidelines when addressing mail. Proper addressing helps us process your letters and parcels so they get to their destination promptly.
Tips for addressing letters and parcels mailed within Canada
- Write in uppercase letters (also known as block letters).
- Put information such as title or floor above the street address.
- Put a hyphen between the unit/suite/apartment number and the street number. Don’t use the # symbol.
- Abbreviate the street type. Example: “AVE” for “Avenue.”
See a complete list of abbreviations for street types.
- Abbreviate the street direction. Example: “SE” for “Southeast.”
See a complete list of abbreviations for street directions.
- Put the city, province and postal code on the same line.
- Abbreviate the province. Example: “ON” for “Ontario.”
See a complete list of abbreviations for provinces and territories.
- Separate the first and last 3 elements of the postal code with a space. Don’t use hyphens.
- Put 1 space between the city and province.
- Put 2 spaces between the province and the postal code.
Canadian addressing example
Addressing U.S. and international items
Follow the same basic guidelines used for addressing Canadian items but add the name of the country on a line by itself.
U.S. addressing example