Canada Post drops minimum volume requirements

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Sarah White

Canada Post drops minimum volume requirements for Incentive Lettermail and Addressed Admail

On March 31, 2014, Canada Post introduced a new tiered pricing structure for domestic and international letters. The new pricing was part of the Five-Point Action Plan announced in December to secure the future of the postal service.

Canada Post has a mandate to provide universal postal service to Canadians while remaining financially self-sustaining. This pricing adjustment offers an immediate contribution to the overall plan to save the postal system. However, recognizing the impact the price adjustment may have on small businesses and charities, effective March 31, Canada Post will introduce the following measures:


Temporary postage discounts applicable to all eligible customers:

  • Meters: Meter customers will receive a 5-per-cent rebate on their Lettermail postage usage (up to a maximum of $250) from March 31, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Rebates will be issued on a regular basis within the rebate period. Details are being finalized and will be communicated at a later date.


Permanent reductions to minimum volume requirements applicable to all customers:

  • Incentive Machineable Lettermail: The minimum volume threshold to access Incentive Machineable (Short & Long [S/L] and Oversize [O/S]) Lettermail™ prices will be reduced from 5,000 pieces to 1,000 pieces
  • Addressed Admail: The minimum volume threshold to access Machineable (S/L & O/S) Addressed Admail™ will be reduced from 1,000 pieces to 500 pieces.

Future Lettermail price increases are expected to be similar to what the industry has seen in the past, factoring in inflation and operating costs.



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