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Canada Post Offers Free Shipping for 18th-year

Above image: Left, Sailor First Class Dunbar helps Sergeant Jacklin move incoming mail onboard His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver on 16 September 2023 in Incheon, South Korea. Photo: Corporal Alisa Strelley, Canadian Armed Forces Photo. Right, Sergeant Jacklin organizes incoming packages onboard HMCS Vancouver on 16 September 2023 in Incheon, South Korea. Photo by: Corporal Alisa Strelley, Canadian Armed Forces Photo. Images have been digitally altered due to operational security.

It’s that time of year again. If your loved one is deployed overseas, you can send a package full of love and holiday cheer to your military member free of charge.

For the eighteenth year, Canada Post provides free regular parcel services for family and friends of Canadian military members deployed overseas. The service will run from Oct. 10 to Jan. 12, 2024.

“Parcels will be delivered free of charge from any Canada Post retail outlet to designated CAF Bases and will then be forwarded through the CAF Postal System to members overseas,” stated CANFORGEN 142/23.

In addition, Canada Post will also continue to provide free delivery of letters under 500 grams to deployed troops until Dec. 31, 2024.

Mailing Guidelines

The above offers are available to those operations served by the following addresses, according to the CANFORGEN:

  • Halifax, NS B3K 5X5
  • Belleville, ON K8N 5W6
  • Victoria, BC V9A 7N2

All letters and parcels should be sent to a Canada Post retail outlet to ensure “proper customs declaration forms and addressing information.”

Need more information about Care Packages? Visit HERE


Mail and parcels deposited in street letter boxes will not be delivered. Community members should bear in mind that CAF Postal Services cannot be used for shipping charitable goods or humanitarian aid.

For inquiries on postal services, contact here. For detailed information, visit the Write to the Troops website here.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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