Canada Postal Code

Canada postal code is on a regular basis a string formed from six characters that have the purpose to form part of postal address found naturally, in Canada. Very similar to the British and Dutch postal code , the Canada postal code is formed with an alphanumeric pattern, and the format consists of a letter which is then followed by a digit three times, such as K1A 0B1 which is the Canada postal code for Ottawa. Studies have shown that the Canada postal code number in 2010 is around 850.000, so if you are planning to send a package to a certain address you better make sure that yo,/cu get the correct Canada postal code written on the address or your package could reach the other side of the country and you will not even know about it.

The birth of the Canada postal code took plane in Toronto in 1925 when in order to solve the problem of errors in packaging delivery, the city was divided into 15 regions that were numbered from 1 to 15 in order to deliver the packages in a more precise manner and to ensure consumer satisfaction. If you wanted at that time to send a package to someone you had to write the address on the package after which you would right down the number correspondent to the sector for which it was designated, so a number from 1 to 15 was considered to be the Canada postal code associated with that certain city part of Toronto.


The current Canada postal code that is still being used today, in the format of an alphanumeric string formed from six characters took birth in Ottawa in April 1971 when the first postal code officer at that time decided to implement this new type of postal feature in order to further help postal services become even more efficient. This new Canada postal code was designed to take precision to a whole new level that would bring the package right to your doorstep instead of having you go to the postal office that was designated to the old type of Canada postal code.

Like I said at the beginning of the article the current Canada postal code is formed from six digits that lead to the final destination of the package. The first three digits of the string form the forward sorting area and the final three digits from the Canada postal code represent the local delivery unit. Although this whole six digit string in important in the entire form, the first letter is probably the crucial part as it represents the postal district of the Canada postal code and the letters that correspond for the district stretch from A to Z with a few minor exceptions in the normal alphabet.

There was a special Canada postal code introduced in 1983 also when an official campaign was started for all the children that would send mail to Santa Claus thinking it would reach his house at the North Pole. The postal officials started answering the children’s letters and thus a new Canada postal code was introduced by the form of “H0H 0H0” which can be read as “HO HO HO” and the complete mailing address would have been to Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0. The letters where answered in the same language they where written.

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