What is the difference between Mail Forwarding and Hold Mail?

Mail Forwarding redirects your mail to another address.

  • You can use it for permanent address changes, such as when you move, change P.O. boxes or to redirect the mail of someone who has passed away.
  • You can also use Mail Forwarding if you temporarily relocate but want to continue receiving mail. It can be useful during renovations or if you spend the season at the cottage or down south.

Hold Mail stops mail delivery to your address, but does not redirect it. Your mail is held safely by Canada Post until the date you specify.

  • Use Hold Mail for times when you do not need access to your mail or do not have a fixed address where mail can be forwarded.
  • It is usually used for shorter periods, such as vacations.