Canada Postal Code

Canada Postal Code

Canada postal code 6 digit is part of a Canadian postal address. Canada’s postal codes are alphanumeric like those for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The format is A1A 1A1, with the second character being a letter and the first being a digit, with a gap between them. There are 876,445 Forward Sortation Areas (FSA), beginning with A0A in Newfoundland and ending with Y1A in the Yukon as of October 2019.

The Canadian Post website, in addition to having a free postal code look-up tool, includes a mobile application for Android and iOS phones, as well as CD-ROMs. Vendors also provide validation tools, which allow consumers to match addresses and postal codes correctly. In all post offices, as well as specific libraries, hard-copy directories may be consulted.

When creating a postal address for a place in Canada, the postal code is followed by the province or territory's abbreviated name. Canada postal code example: 

K0G 0A0
K0H 9Z9
K0M 9Z9


City postal zones

The use of zone numbers in Toronto began in 1925. Mail to a residence in zone 5 should be addressed as follows:

37 Bloor Street West

Toronto 5, Ontario


There were 14 zones in Toronto, beginning with Zone 1 and ending with Zone 15, except that Zones 7 and 11 were vacant and a second B zone.

In 1944, the system of postal zones was established in Montreal.

By the early 1960s, many cities in Canada had been divided into postal zones, including Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. An address in Vancouver would be

804 Robson Street,

Vancouver 1, B.C.


However, in 1970, the Post Office began using a three-digit zone number system to replace existing one- and two-digit zone numbers, starting with Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. An address in Metropolitan Toronto would be written as follows:

1253 Bay Street

Toronto 185, Ontario

 On May 1, 1969, the numbering was changed in Toronto as part of a public relations campaign known as "Your number is up." However, Postmaster General Eric Kierans announced that the Post Office would eliminate the new three-digit city zone system. Many mail drops have already vanished due to an outdated federal law that bars the USPS from delivering outside building-specific addresses.

Postal code components

Forward sortation areas

An forward sortation area (FSA is a geographical region where all postal codes start with the same three characters. The first letter of an FSA code signifies a particular postal district, which corresponds to an entire province or territory outside Quebec and Ontario.

Both Quebec and Ontario are home to large populations, which lead to the creation of three and five postal districts in each province, respectively. Each includes at least one urban area so crowded that it has its postal section (the "H" for the Montreal area and the "M" for Toronto). The small population of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (NWT), on the other hand, implies that even though Nunavut separated from the Northwest Territories and became its territory in 1999, they still share a postal district.

The digit determines whether the FSA is rural or urban. A zero indicates a wide-area rural region, but all other numbers represent cities. The second letter stands for one of three things: a mainly rural area, an entire medium-sized city, or a section of a central metropolitan area.


Local delivery units

The last three characters mean a Local Delivery Unit (LDU). An LDU indicates a particular single location or scope of addresses, which can compare to a whole humble community, a massive piece of a medium-sized town, a solitary side of a city block in more extensive urban areas, a vast isolated structure, or a part of an exceptionally enormous one, alone (massive) foundation like a college or an emergency clinic, or a business that gets enormous volumes of mail consistently.

LDUs ending in zero is postal services, ranging from post offices and small franchised retail postal outlets to distribution plants. An LDU might refer to a set of post office boxes or a rural route in rural areas where door-to-door delivery is not possible.

Postal Abbreviations with Capital

Province Postal Abbreviations Capital
British ColumbiaBCVictoria
New BrunswickNBFredericton
Newfoundland and LabradorNLSt. John's
Nova ScotiaNSHalifax
Prince Edward IslandPECharlottetown
QuebecQCQuebec City
Northwest TerritoriesNTYellowknife




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