OTTAWA, Dec 16, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Consumer-facing regulated postage stamp rates will not increase in January 2016.
Increases previously announced in July 2015 will not proceed pending a Government of Canada review of Canada Post, as outlined in the mandate letter for the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. As a result, the current rates for Domestic Lettermail, U.S. and International Letter-post items (letters, cards and postcards destined for the United States and other international destinations) and Domestic Registered Mail will remain in effect for 2016.
PermanentTM stamps for Domestic Lettermail items weighing 30 grams or less will remain at the current rate of $0.85 when purchased in a booklet, coil or pane. The price of a single stamp will remain $1.00.
The regulated postage stamp rates impacted by this decision are largely geared to consumers because they apply to regular letters, cards and postcards. Non-regulated rates for items like parcels, direct mail and large-volume mailings of letters will continue to see competitive rate changes take effect in early 2016.
Canada Post estimates the average Canadian household purchases approximately two postage stamps per month while the typical small business purchases fewer than 250 postage stamps per year.