How to address a mailing envelope
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How to address a mailing envelope in Canada
"To avoid unnecessary delays to your mail items, follow these addressing guidelines:
- Addresses should be written in upper case, however mailers may wish to use lower case due to individual preference or other considerations
- Postal Codes should be printed in UPPER CASE case with the first three elements separated from the last three by one space (no hyphens; if the Postal Code is not formatted in this manner, the mail may be delayed)
- the municipality, province or territory, and Postal Code should always appear on the same line and there should be one space between the municipality, province or territory and two spaces between the province or territory and Postal Code
- characters in the address block should not be underlined
- punctuation should not be used unless it is part of a proper name, such as in "ST. JOHN’S", but mailers may wish to use punctuation due to individual preference or other considerations
- accents may be used as they are an integral part of language but they are not considered to be punctuation
- the # symbol should never be used, nor the French equivalent no as part of the address. (The number symbol should never be used.)
- all lines of an address should be formatted with a uniform left margin and should be less than 40 characters per line, excluding spaces
- space between address lines should be at least 0.5 mm but no more than one blank line between lines of addressing
- for machineable mail, printed characters should be between 2 and 5 mm in height and be written in non-proportional fonts, such as the examples shown in Table 1"
Font Size: 10 - 12 points | Font Size: 11 - 12 points
Arial, Copy Pica, Elite, Pica, Letter Gothic, Lotus Line Draw, MS Line Draw, Alpha Gothic, Helvetica, News Gothic, Univers (W1), Universal | Courier, Courier New
OCR B (special font in only one size)
- Source: quoted from Canada Post 28 Jul 2009
Postal Codes in Canada
"Addressing Guidelines for mailing envelopes in Canada." Canada Post. 06 Jun 2009, 20:15 UTC. 28 Jul 2009 <http://canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1383571>.