Holiday mailing deadlines, Santa letter program announced by Canada Post

The domestic, U.S. and international mailing deadlines for the upcoming holiday season have been announced by Canada Post.

For letter-post within Canada, the deadline for mailing within a city is Dec. 20; within a province Dec. 19; and across provinces Dec. 18.

In the U.S., the letter-post deadline for every state is Dec. 9.

Lastly, for international letter-post, the deadline for Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and South America is Dec. 2 while Africa is Nov. 25.

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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. 12 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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