Minimum Courier Charges in Canada

Confimation from Canada Post, September 10, 1997

In September of 1997, I made inquiries to Canada Post about enforcement of the Act, Here is their response.

September 8, 1997

Dear Mr Hendry

Canada Post Corporation is very concerned about alleged breaches of the Canada Post Corporation Act. As you are undoubtedly aware, private sector courier companies in Canada may deliver letters by virtue of a multiple-of-postage provision for letters of an urgent nature pursuant to section 15(e) of the Act. Letters of an urgent nature that are transmitted by courier or messenger must be sent for a fee at least equal to an amount that is three times the regular rate of postage payable for delivery in Canada of similarly addressed letters weighing fifty grams.

As you indicated in your message, a courier company must today charge 3 times $0.71 [ed.-now $0.85] or $2.13 [ed. – now $2.55] for an addressed letter weighing fifty grams; there are specified length, width and thickness dimensions. The fee is for each envelope.Wrapping 25 separately addressed envelopes together and charging the minimum of $2.13 [$2.55] for the bundle would be in clear contravention of the Act. For each individual envelope the minimum fee of $2.13 [$2.55] must be charged.

Section 60 of the Act provides that any person who contravenes any section of the Act is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction. Legal proceedings for alleged violations of the Act have occurred, and have been successfully concluded. We would ask that if you are aware of alleged breaches of the Act that you provide us with further particulars so that we may investigate the matter.

Proceedings involving courier companies for violations of section 15(e) of the Act have been instituted in the past and will continue to be instituted.

I hope that this adequately answers your questions. Should you have any other questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me,


Peter Pearson, Customer Service ,Central Region

Canada Post Act

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