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Postage rate increase proposed for January 2012

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
May 17th, 2011

The domestic basic letter rate will increase by two cents — from 59 cents to 61 cents — for standard letters weighing up to 30 grams, effective January 16, 2012.

This is part of a five-year pricing strategy announced by Canada Post in 2009.

Canada Post is also proposing the following rate increases to come into effect on January 16, 2012:

  • $0.02 increase to $1.05 for domestic letters up to 50 grams;
  • $0.02 to $0.15 increase for all other domestic letter weight categories, with the heavier categories incurring the larger increases;
  • $0.02 increase to $1.05 for letters, cards and postcards up to 30 grams destined for the USA;
  • $0.05 increase to $1.80 for letters, cards and postcards up to 30 grams sent to foreign destinations;
  • $0.15 increase to $8.25 for domestic registered mail.

Based on Canada Post estimates, the average Canadian household purchases 45 stamps a year.

The two-cent increase to the price of a basic stamp in 2012 will translate into an annual increase in postage costs of less than $1 for the average Canadian household.

Canadians and small businesses can save money by purchasing the PERMANENT™ Stamp before Jan. 16. PERMANENT stamps are always valued at the going basic Lettermail™ rate.

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