Keep an eye on 2021 holiday mailing deadlines, Santa letter program

Canada Post has announced its domestic, U.S. and international mailing deadlines for the upcoming holiday season.

For cards mailed within Canada, the local deadline (for mailing within a city) is Dec. 21; the regional deadline (within a province or territory) is Dec. 20; and the national deadline (across provinces and territories) is Dec. 17.

In the United States, the letter-post deadline for all states is Dec. 9.

Lastly, the international letter-post deadlines include

  • Nov. 19 for Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and New Zealand;
  • Nov. 25 for Australia;
  • Nov. 26 for Europe, China and India;
  • Nov. 30 for the United Kingdom and Switzerland;
  • Dec. 1 for Japan;
  • Dec. 2 for the Netherlands;
  • Dec. 3 for France; and
  • Dec. 7 for Germany.

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Canada Post also outlined its letter-writing program with Santa Claus, who receives and answers more than a million letters each year in 39 languages, including braille.

“Helping Santa with his letters is a long-standing tradition at Canada Post, and we encourage all parents and children to send letters to Santa this year,” says Nicole Lecompte, a media relations rep with the Crown corporation.

The North Pole Post Office is now open, and Santa’s postal elves are ready to help him reply to every letter with a return address. Letters can be addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, and should be mailed by Dec. 10 to receive a reply before Christmas. No postage is necessary—but remember to include a return address.

“We can guarantee that every letter dropped in the mailbox before Christmas Day will be delivered to Santa, and he will make it a priority to read it,” adds Lecompte. “Every child will get a response from Santa.”

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