Postal services in Manitoba

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Canada Post is the country’s main postal service. You can send or receive mail and parcels at many Canada Post Office branches as well as outlets located at convenience stores and pharmacies like Sobeys, 7-Eleven, Pharma Plus Drugmart, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

To find out the post office nearest you, use Canada Post’s post office locator. To use this tool, enter your postal code, address or, intersection. The map will show you the post offices and outlets around the vicinity. If you click on the red post office symbol, it will show you the address, days and hours of operation, as well as services they offer. Standard services include:

  • Stamps and shipping services
  • Post office boxes
  • Money orders
  • Revenue Canada forms and guides
  • Passport application forms
  • Debit and credit card payments

Smaller offices, particularly in rural locations, may not offer all services.

Sending mail

You can send letters, cards, invoices, billing statements, and the like through Canada Post. Mail must meet size and weight requirements. If they are too big or too heavy, they will be considered as parcels and will cost more to send. Things like jewellery, liquids, powders, or anything fragile or perishable may not be mailed as standard lettermail. It is also not safe to send money through standard mail. However, Canada Post offers MoneyGram and Postal Money Orders for safe and convenient remittance from Canada to any part of the world.

Always remember to label your mail or parcels correctly. Clearly, indicate a name and complete address (placed in the center of the envelope or parcel) to ensure that it will reach the recipient. Don’t forget to include the postal code. Place your name and return address on the upper left hand corner of the envelope (or box). In case there are problems with mailing, they can return the mail or parcel to you. Postage stamps are affixed on the upper right hand corner of the envelope or box.

Receiving mail

Canada Post delivers mail to your address Monday to Friday. They do not deliver (or accept mail) on weekends and statutory holidays. However, outlets in stores may have a different policy on the days they are open, so it would be good to check their schedules using the post office locator.

If you do not have a place to live yet, you can have your mail sent “care of” a relative of friend or to a Postal box. If you purchase merchandise online, you can also have them sent through FlexDelivery which is a free Canada Post service that allows you to have packages delivered to the post office of your choice.

Rush letters, documents and parcels

If you want to send a letter or parcel faster, you use Canada Post’s special services or send it through other courier services such as FedEx Canada, Purolator, or UPS. These services will cost more than regular mail.

Other services

Canada Post has other services to make it easier for you to manage your mail. Among them are:

  • Mail forwarding – if you are moving or temporarily locating to a new address, Canada Post can forward your mail to a new address within Canada or abroad. This is a paid service which you have to sign up for ahead of time (recommended 30 days before the start of service, a minimum of three days before).
  • Hold mail – if you will be away on a trip or vacation, Canada Post can hold your mails to keep them secure. The cost of this service varies depending on the duration you wish to have your mails on hold. You should subscribe to Hold Mail at least three days before the start of the service.

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Community Resources

Learn about postal codes here: Canadian postal codes and abbreviations for provinces and territories.

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