Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film center Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa.
Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.
As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border.
Canada’s climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
Canada’s postal codes (also known as Canadian postal code or Canada postcode) are alphanumeric. The first character is a letter and the last two characters are numbers.
In Canada, postal codes are used as part of every mailing address. They help Canada Post, the Canadian Crown corporation which provides postal services in Canada, sort mail efficiently and accurately so it arrives at its destination on time.
The six-character format was introduced in 2013 by Canada Post and was developed for efficient mail sorting and delivery. Previously, postal codes had six characters, with a space separating the third and fourth characters. Three letters followed by three numbers is the most common format for postal codes in Canada.
In Canada, postal codes are six-character alphanumeric format to identify Canadian postal locations.
Postal codes are the last three characters of a full Canadian address. The first three characters consist of the forward sortation area (FSA), Canada post’s version of a zip code.
The forward sortation area in combination with the local delivery unit (LDU) indicates the smallest geographic unit for mail delivery. This unit is typically one side of a city block or rural route, as well as some larger geographic areas.
The first character of a Canadian postal code is a letter that represents one of the provinces or territories of Canada:
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- New Brunswick
- Quebec (South Shore of St Lawrence River)
- Quebec (Montreal Area)
- Ontario (Eastern Ontario & Ottawa Valley)
- Ontario (Central Ontario & Georgian Bay Area)
- Ontario (Toronto and Southern Ontario)
- Saskatchewan & Manitoba (Southern Manitoba)
List Of Canada Post Codes
Postal codes were introduced in Canada in 1971 by the Post Office, to assist in automated sorting. They are designed so that a postal code is uniquely assigned to each address, making them an important part of the addressing system.
A Canadian postal code is a six-character string that forms part of a postal address in Canada. Like British and Dutch postcodes, A Canadian postal code is a six-character string. For example, K1A 0B2 is a postal code for Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) where
K = first letter of outward postcode area (only letters used)
1 = first digit of inward postcode area (only digits used)
A = second letter of inward postcode area (only letters used)
0 = first letter of inward postcode district (letters & digits used)
B = second letter of inward postcode district (letters & digits used)
2 = third letter of inward postcode district (letters & digits used)
|Province||Postal Code Range||Capital|
|Alberta Postal Code [AB]||T9S – T7S||Edmonton|
|British Columbia Postal Code [BC]||V3G – V4V||Victoria|
|Manitoba Postal Code [MB]||R0K – R6W||Winnipeg|
|New Brunswick Postal Code [NB]||E8L – E4C||Fredericton|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Postal Code [NL]||A0C – A2B||St. John’s|
|Nova Scotia Postal Code [NS]||B1Y – B5A||Halifax|
|Ontario Postal Code [ON]||L7J – L0H||Toronto|
|Prince Edward Island Postal Code [PE]||C0A, C0A, C1B, C1N||Charlottetown|
|Quebec Postal Code [QC]||J0Y – H7M||Quebec City|
|Saskatchewan Postal Code [SK]||S2V – S0A||Regina|
|Northwest Territories Postal Code [NT]||X0E, X0G, X0G||Yellowknife|
|Nunavut Postal Code [NU]||X0B, X0C, X0A||Iqaluit|
|Yukon Postal Code [YT]||Y0B, Y0A, Y1A||Whitehorse|
Canada uses Postal Codes to simplify the distribution of mail. A Canadian Postal Code is a six-character alphanumeric value assigned to a geographic location that can be used as a postal address for the location.
Canada Post Corporation allocates postal codes to regions across the country, where post offices are located. Postal codes are generally assigned to geographical areas. Some exceptions may apply to densely populated areas, where a single postal code may correspond to three or more addresses.