Canada Post

Canada Post Corporation (French: Société canadienne des postes), trading as Canada Post (French: Postes Canada), is a Crown corporation which functions as the primary postal operator in Canada. Originally known as Royal Mail Canada (the operating name of the Post Office Department of the Canadian government founded in 1867, French: Poste Royale Canada), rebranding was done to the "Canada Post" name in the late 1960s, even though it had not yet been separated from the government. On October 16, 1981, the Canada Post Corporation Act came into effect. This abolished the Post Office Department and created the present-day Crown corporation which provides postal service.[5] The act aimed to set a new direction for the postal service by ensuring the postal service's financial security and independence.[6]

Canada Post Corporation
TypeCrown corporation
IndustryPostal Service, Courier
FoundedJuly 1, 1867; 154 years ago (1867-07-01) (as Royal Mail Canada)
Headquarters2701 Riverside Drive[1]
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0B1
Key people
Doug Ettinger
(President & CEO)
Filomena Tassi (Minister)
Jessica L. McDonald (Chair of the Board)
ProductsCourier express services
Freight forwarding services
Logistics services
Revenue$8.2 billion[2] (2017)
$144 million[3] (2017)
Number of employees
70,000[4]
SubsidiariesPurolator Inc. (91%)
Websitewww.canadapost.ca

Canada Post provided service to more than 16 million addresses and delivered nearly 8.4 billion items in 2016 and consolidated revenue from operations reached $7.88 billion.[7] Delivery takes place via traditional "to the door" service and centralized delivery by 25,000 letter carriers, through a 13,000 vehicle fleet. There are more than 6,200 post offices across the country, a combination of corporate offices and private franchises that are operated by retailers, such as drugstores. In terms of area serviced, Canada Post delivers to a larger area than the postal service of any other nation, including Russia (where Russian Post service in Siberia is limited largely to communities along the railway).[citation needed] As of 2004, nearly 843,000 rural Canadian customers received residential mail delivery services.[8]

Canada Post operates as a group of companies called The Canada Post Group. It employs approximately 64,000 full and part-time employees. The Corporation holds an interest in Purolator Courier, Innovapost, Progistix-Solutions and Canada Post International Limited.[9] In 2000, Canada Post created a company called Epost, allowed customers to receive their bills from participating merchants and institutions online for free. In 2007, Epost was absorbed into Canada Post. In early 2022, Canada Post announced that the Epost service would be discontinued at the end of the year.

Canada Post (French: Postes Canada) is the Federal Identity Program name. The legal name is Canada Post Corporation in English and Société canadienne des postes in French. During the late 1980s and much of the 1990s, the short forms used in the corporation's logo were "Mail" (English) and "Poste" (French), rendered as "Poste Mail" in Québec and "Mail Poste" in the other provinces.[10] Although English-language advertising also still referred to the corporation as "Canada Post".


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