Zip Code (Canada)

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The Canadian postal codes ( English postal code , French postal code ) correspond to the scheme

A0A 0A0

( A = letter, 0 = number).

The first letter indicates the postal region, counting from east to west.

It means:

The second digit is 0 in rural areas. The numbers 1-9 are reserved for larger cities and metropolitan areas. Usually the last digit is also a 0 if the second digit is a 0; if the second digit is 1 to 9, the last digit is usually also 1 to 9.

In rural areas, the letter in the third place denotes a delivery district, in urban areas it usually denotes the district of a specific delivery office.

The second block of digits and letters then designates a certain delivery section in urban areas (e.g. a block of houses or larger individual buildings, large recipients, authorities, etc.) without any direct geographical connections being able to be read off.

In rural areas, post offices are usually sorted alphabetically. The alphabetically first post office is then given the identifier 1A0 or 0A0 in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the territories. It continues with 1B0 (or 0B0) etc. up to (theoretically) 9Z0. Deviations from this order result from renaming, closure and reopening of post offices.

The letters D, F, I, O, Q and U are not used anywhere in the zip code.

The postal abbreviation for the province or territory, which can be found between the place name and the postal code, does not belong to the postal code .

For post to Santa Claus there is the special postcode H0H 0H0 (because of the similarity to HO HO HO) for the fictitious location North Pole .

The correct address of Santa Claus is then:

Santa claus
North Pole H0H 0H0


Père Noël
Pôle Nord H0H 0H0

Web links

Commons : Philatelic and postal maps of Canada  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Write to Santa - he'll write you back! Canada Post, accessed May 8, 2019 .