Get your cards and gifts out in time for the 2018 holiday season

While we suggest mailing your cards and packages as soon as you can, check out these important dates to find out when to send your gifts to make sure they get to your family and friends on time*.

Package
Holiday cards
Package

Canada

 Priority™Xpresspost™Regular Parcel™
Every province December 21 December 20 December 11
Every province  
Priority™ December 21
Xpresspost™ December 20
Regular Parcel™ December 11

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U.S.

 Priority™ WorldwideXpresspost™ U.S.Parcels/Packets
Every state December 19 December 14 December 10
Every state  
Priority™ Worldwide December 19
Xpresspost™ U.S. December 14
Parcels/Packets December 10

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International

 Priority™ WorldwideXpresspost™ InternationalAir
Parcels/Packets
Surface
Parcels/Packets
Europe December 18 December 7 December 3 October 26
Asia/Australia/
New Zealand
December 17 December 7 December 3 October 1
Central and
South America
December 18 December 7 December 3 October 15
Africa December 14 December 3 November 26 October 1
Middle East December 14 December 7 December 3 October 1
Europe
Priority™ Worldwide December 18
Xpresspost™ International December 7
Air
Parcels/Packets
December 3
Surface
Parcels/Packets
October 26
Asia/Australia/New Zealand
Priority™ Worldwide December 17
Xpresspost™ International December 7
Air
Parcels/Packets
December 3
Surface
Parcels/Packets
October 1
Central and South America
Priority™ Worldwide December 19
Xpresspost™ International December 7
Air
Parcels/Packets
December 3
Surface
Parcels/Packets
October 15
Africa
Priority™ Worldwide December 14
Xpresspost™ International December 3
Air
Parcels/Packets
November 26
Surface
Parcels/Packets
October 1
Middle East
Priority™ Worldwide December 14
Xpresspost™ International December 7
Air
Parcels/Packets
December 3
Surface
Parcels/Packets
October 1

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Holiday cards
 Letter-post
Canada  
Within a city December 20
Within a province December 19
Across provinces December 18
U.S.  
Every state December 10
International  
Europe December 3
Asia/Australia/New Zealand December 3
Central and South America December 3
Africa November 19
Middle East December 3

Save time at the post office

If you’re sending gifts internationally or to the U.S., spare yourself some time at the post office and fill out the customs forms online. You can also download our guide with send-by dates in PDF format for easy reference.

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* Suggested mailing dates are subject to change without notice. Dates are between major urban centres and are dependent on origin and destination. Some restrictions apply. Please visit the Find a delivery standard tool for more information. You can also consult the Canada Postal Guide, your local post office or the Priority Worldwide Terms and Conditions. Priority, Xpresspost and Regular Parcel are trademarks of Canada Post Corporation.