2021 CSN Stamp Survey extended until mid-April

The deadline to voice your opinion in the 2021 CSN Stamp Survey, first announced this March, is extended until April 18.

The main focus is this: What do you think of Canada’s stamp program?

For the past 181 years worldwide (and 170 years in present-day Canada, which issued its first stamp in 1851), these small bits of paper have done much more than adorn mail.

Stamps make myths, and they build nations. They sometimes deliver propaganda, but no matter what, they always tell a story. Like a country’s flag or anthem, stamps serve as a vehicle for national symbolism—but the main difference between a stamp and an anthem is the latter is set in stone but the former offers many opportunities (more than a dozen each year in Canada) to shape a country’s evolving sense of self.

In that spirit, CSN revived its annual stamp survey this March (“Announcing the 2021 CSN Stamp Survey,” CSN Vol. 45 #23). It marks CSN’s first survey in a decade, with the previous results announced in 2011 (“Blue whale swims away with favourite stamp title,” CSN Vol. 36 #14).

The 2021 CSN Stamp Survey includes 11 questions focusing on last year’s stamp program plus collectors’ stamp-buying habits and membership statuses.

As of March 11, the survey is extended until April 18 at 9 p.m. (ET), when the polls will close. A full review will now be published in CSN Vol. 46 #02 (dated May 11).


To participate in the 2021 CSN Stamp Survey, visit canadianstampnews.com/2021-csn-stamp-survey and preview the 11 survey questions under “PREVIEW THE QUESTIONS.”

Then, review the 2020 stamp program in the gallery under “REVIEW THE 2020 STAMP PROGRAM.”

Finally, respond to the survey questions under “2021 CSN STAMP SURVEY.”


The 11 survey questions include:

  • What is the best-designed Canadian stamp of 2020?
  • What is the worst designed Canadian stamp of 2020?
  • What is the most relevant Canadian issue of 2020?
  • What is the least relevant Canadian issue of 2020?
  • What is your overall favourite Canadian stamp of 2020?
  • Do you purchase stamps online or at a post office?
  • In your experience, does your local post office have new stamps in stock within their first week of issue?
  • Do you buy each new stamp issued by Canada Post?
  • Do you collect anything other than new issues (i.e., classic stamps, covers, postcards, coins, etc.)?
  • Are you a member of a stamp club?
  • Do you subscribe to CSN?

To participate in the 2021 CSN Stamp Survey, visit canadianstampnews.com/2021-csn-stamp-survey now until April 18. If you have no Internet access, please mail your responses to Jesse Robitaille, PO Box 25009 Rose City RO, Welland, ON L3B 6G9.

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