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Letter Mail Regulations (SOR/88-430)

Regulations are current to 2020-10-05 and last amended on 2020-01-13. Previous Versions

Standard Mail (continued)

  •  (1) Where the envelope of an item of standard mail has an address window, the address window shall be

    • (a) rectangular in shape with the greatest dimension of the window parallel to the length of the envelope;

    • (b) covered with transparent material that allows the address to be easily read by a person or an optical character reader; and

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2009-287, s. 2]

    • (d) located not less than 15 mm from the top edge, 19 mm from the bottom edge, 12 mm from the left edge and 15 mm from the right edge of the item.

  • (2) The complete address of the addressee shall be clearly visible through the address window of an item referred to in subsection (1).

  • (3) An auxiliary window on an envelope referred to in subsection (1) shall be covered with transparent material and

    • (a) where it is located on the front of the envelope, shall be located not less than 19 mm from the bottom edge, 12 mm from the left edge and 15 mm from the right edge and shall be outside the area prescribed in section 13 for the postage meter impression; and

    • (b) where it is located on the back of the envelope, shall be located not less than 15 mm from the top and bottom edges and 15 mm from the left and right edges.

  • (4) No more than one auxiliary window may be located on the front, and no more than one auxiliary window may be located on the back, of an envelope referred to in subsection (1).

  • SOR/2009-287, s. 2
  • SOR/2014-48, s. 6
  •  (1) The postage meter impression on an item of standard mail shall be located on the front of the item in the upper right corner not more than 40 mm from the top edge and 100 mm from the right edge.

  • (2) Where a postage stamp other than one referred to in subsection (1) is affixed to an item of standard mail, it shall be located on the front of the item in the upper right corner.

  • SOR/2014-48, s. 7
  •  (1) If a return address, service indications or delivery instructions are marked on an item of standard mail that bears a postage meter impression, they shall be located on the front of the item in the upper left corner not less than 19 mm from the bottom edge. However, a return address may also be located on the back of the item near the top edge, centred between the left and right edges.

  • (2) A form number may be printed on the front of an item of standard mail if it is located not more than 6 mm from the bottom.

  • (3) On an item of standard mail, graphics or other printing shall not be

    • (a) [Repealed, SOR/2014-48, s. 8]

    • (b) less than 19 mm from the bottom of the front of the item; and

    • (c) in the area prescribed by section 13 for the postage.

  • SOR/90-13, s. 5(F)
  • SOR/2009-287, s. 3
  • SOR/2014-48, s. 8

 [Repealed, SOR/90-13, s. 6]

 [Repealed, SOR/88-613, s. 4]

Size and Weight

  •  (1) No item of letter mail shall

    • (a) exceed 380 mm in length, 270 mm in width or 20 mm in thickness; or

    • (b) be less than 140 mm in length, 90 mm in width or 0.18 mm in thickness.

  • (2) No item of standard mail shall exceed 245 mm in length, 156 mm in width or 5 mm in thickness.

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/90-13, s. 7]

  • SOR/88-613, s. 5
  • SOR/90-13, s. 7
  • SOR/90-801, s. 7
  • SOR/96-448, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-382, s. 20
  • SOR/2014-48, s. 9

 A card or postcard shall be made of cardboard or of any other material commonly used in printing that is of sufficient grammage to provide the stiffness necessary for the card or postcard to withstand processing without difficulty.

  • SOR/96-448, s. 3

 The maximum weight for an item of letter mail is

  • (a) in the case of an item of standard mail referred to in item 1 of the schedule, 50 g; and

  • (b) in any other case, 500 g.

  • SOR/88-613, s. 6
  • SOR/90-13, s. 8
  • SOR/90-801, s. 8
  • SOR/91-625, s. 5
  • SOR/2003-382, s. 21(F)
  • SOR/2004-294, s. 2

 The minimum weight for an item of standard mail in the form of a self-mailer is 3 g.

  • SOR/2009-287, s. 4

 [Repealed, SOR/91-625, s. 6]

 [Repealed, SOR/88-613, s. 7]

 
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