New Canadian postal codes continue to be added every month.
New Canadian postal codes continue to be added every month.

The Canadian Postal Service reminds clients that including the postal code when addressing a letter or package will speed up the item’s delivery. The six-character postal code that the Canadian postal system utilizes is comprised of letter-number-letter, then a space, and then number-letter-number. The first set indicates the postal districts and classification while the second set refers to the local delivery unit. Internet resources allow individuals to identify the postal code that corresponds to the recipient’s address.

By City Address

Access the main website of the Canada Post (see Resources).

Click on the “Find a Postal Code” tab.

Type in the recipient’s address in the fields provided. You must fill in the fields for street number, street name, city and province.

Click the “Find” button to receive the postal code that matches the address.

By Rural Route or PO Box Address

Click “By Rural Route or PO Box Address“ under the By City Address search’s “Find” button if you want to find a postal code for a post office box or rural route address.

Fill in as many of the search fields as possible, including the recipient’s street number, street name, number suffix, choice of unit/suite/apartment, street type, street direction, delivery mode, PO box or rural route number, city and province.

Click the “Find” button for the postal code.

By Advanced Search

Click “Advanced Search” under the By City Address search’s “Find” button if you want to find a postal code for a post office box with little contact information. .

Fill in as many of the search fields as possible. You must include the recipient’s province and one other field, either the recipient’s street number, street name, number suffix, street type, street direction, choice of unit/suite/apartment, delivery mode, PO box or rural route number or city.

Click the “Find” button for the postal code.