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2015 DELIVERY MODE DATA SCHEDULE

Each month Canada Post updates the Letter Carrier route files. Mailing Innovations sends these updates to you approximately three weeks ahead of time. The following schedule outlines the Valid Dates for 2015.

Data Posted
to FTP Site

Data Sent to
Customers

Restructure Implementation

Tape Valid For

Dec 5, 2014
Dec 8, 2014
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 9 to Feb 12, 2015
Jan 2, 2015
Jan 5, 2015
Feb 16, 2015

Feb 13 to Mar 12, 2015

Feb 6, 2015
Feb 9, 2015
Mar 16, 2015

Mar 13 to Apr 16, 2015

Mar 6, 2015
Mar 9, 2015
Apr 20, 2015

Apr 17 to May 7, 2015

Apr 10, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
May 11, 2015

May 8 to Jun 11, 2015

May 1, 2015
May 4, 2015
Jun 15, 2015

Jun 12 to Jul 16, 2015

Jun 5, 2015
Jun 8, 2015
Jul 20, 2015

Jul 17 to Aug 13, 2015

Jul 10, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
Aug 17, 2015

Aug 14 to Sep 17, 2015

Aug 7, 2015
Aug 10, 2015
Sep 21, 2015

Sep 18 to Oct 22, 2015

Sep 11, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Oct 23 to Nov 12, 2015
Oct 9, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
Nov 16, 2015
Nov 13 to Dec 17, 2015
Nov 6, 2015
Nov 9, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 18, 2015 to Jan 7, 2016
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 14, 2015
Jan 11, 2016
Jan 8, 2016 to Feb 11, 2016

POSTAL CODES BY PROVINCE
Postal code - first character, abbreviation for the province, and province name:
     
A
NL
Newfoundland/Labrador (as of Nov. 01/02)

B

NS

Nova Scotia

C

PE

Prince Edward Island

E

NB

New Brunswick

G

QC

Quebec

H

QC

Quebec, Metro Montreal

J

QC

Quebec West

K

ON

Ontario East

L

ON

Ontario Central

M

ON

Ontario Metro Toronto

N
ON
Ontario South/West
P
ON
Ontario North
R
MB
Manitoba
S
SK
Saskatchewan
T
AB
Alberta
V
BC
British Columbia
X
NT
North West Territories
Y
YT
Yukon
If you would like to see any specific information, please advise, we would be happy to do the research for you.

Permits:

Minimum Indecia size:

19 mm x 36 mm (3/4" x 1 7/16")

They must contain permit characters between 2 mm
and 5 mm in height and should be in black or red . 



CANADIAN & US HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR 2015
DATE HOLIDAY NOTE

Thursday January 1, 2015

New Years Day

Canada & US

Monday January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King
US
Monday February 16, 2015 Presidents Day
 US
Monday February 16, 2015 Family Day
 Canada(Ontario only)

Friday April 3, 2015

Good Friday

Canada & US

Monday April 6, 2015

Easter Monday

Canada Post mail delivery only

Monday May 18, 2015 Victoria Day

Canada

Monday May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

US

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Canada Day

Canada
Friday July 3, 2015 Independence Day Observed
US

Monday August 3, 2015

Civic Holiday

Canada

Monday September 7, 2015

Labour Day

Canada & US

Monday October 12, 2015 Columbus Day
US

Monday October 12, 2015

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canada

Wednesday November 11, 2015 Veteran's Day Observed
US

Wednesday November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day Observed

Canada Post mail delivery only

Thursday November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day
US

Friday December 25, 2015

Christmas Day

Canada & US

Monday December 28, 2015

Boxing Day Observed

Canada

Friday January 1, 2016

New Year's Day

Canada & US


CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: SWEEPSTAKE RULES AND REGULATIONS

To avoid liability under section 52(1)(a) of the Competition Act mail solicitations should not be drafted in such as manner that they may cause recipients to be under the false general impression that they have won a significant prize. For example, solicitations should not include language in prominent format and in large font stating "We Will Deliver a $1,000,000 cheque" which is qualified by language "if you are declared our winner" that appear in a less conspicuous location in the document in much smaller font size.

Contest rules should be adequately and fairly disclosed to comply with section 59 of the Act.Issues arise under the Act when contest rules are disclosed in very small font size in locations of the solicitation that consumers would not likely notice them. For example, some solicitations have included the contest rules on the inside portion of the solicitation's envelope. As you can appreciate, many consumers would discard the envelope without noticing the contest rules. In other cases, contest rules have been placed on the reverse side of documents included in the solicitation without being referenced elsewhere in the solicitation.

Many solicitations state in the context of promoting a large prize, that the recipient is a guaranteed winner. This may provide recipients with the impression that they are guaranteed to receive the large prize. The solicitations, however, state in their contest rules that the odds of winning a nominal prize are 100% and that the odds of winning the large prize are remote. This raises issues in two respects. Firstly that the solicitation may provide the false general impression that the recipient has already won the large cash prize. Secondly that it is misleading to refer to a recipient as a guaranteed winner.

Using the term winner implies that there are winners and losers and it would be misleading to refer to all recipients as winners.

We are also aware of many solicitations, such as the ACG solicitations you referred to our attention, that invite the recipient to call a 1-900 telephone number and be charged the applicable rates to determine which prize they have won. The issue under the Act, in addition to the issues discussed above, is whether proper disclosure has been made of the cost of this phone call. The disclosure of this information should be made in a prominent fashion and the disclosure should include the cost per minute and the duration of the call or the total cost of the call.

In addition, contest promotions must also be lawful in relation to the Criminal Code, other federal or provincial statutes and local by-laws. Businesses wanting to rely on such promotions should therefore contact legal counsel to ensure compliance with these jurisdictions.

As you know, the Marketing Practices Branch of the Competition Bureau promotes compliance with the Act through the Program of Advisory Opinions, which provides non-binding opinions on prospective advertising and other promotional plans. This program may be of interest to your members and I encourage them to take advantage of it. If any of the CDMA's members wish to receive an Advisory Opinion on any of their advertising or other promotional plans, my staff are prepared to assist them.
Links: Access to useful web pages for those interested in mail delivery and tracking

• Download the NAFTA Certificate of Origin (PDF format): Click Here
• For Canada Post Indecia Artwork: http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/indicia/default-e.asp

 

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