Parcel post and some services have already seen increases
By Bret Evans
"The already approved rate is in effect, but there is an offer by Canada Post to honour 63-cent stamps. Parcel increases went into effect in January as well," Canada Post communications manager Anick Losier told CSN.
Several years ago, the federal government approved a multi-year rate plan which authorized a domestic lettermail-rate of 64 cents. That rate was not implemented Jan. 1., since Canada Post has sought approval for a new rate of 85 cents, with a single stamp rate of $1.00.
However, new rates did go into effect for parcel post, light packet service, publications mail and various sorts of advertising and unaddressed mail. These rates do not require government approval.
Canada Post will continue to offer the registered mail rate at $8.50 plus applicable lettermail postage, until March 31. However the new rates propose to charge $9.00 plus lettermail postage.
The new rates are proposed to be 85 cents for domestic up to 30 grams, $1.20 for mail 30-50 grams. The rate non-standard, either oversized or overweight mail will be $1.80 for up to 100 grams, $2.95 for up to 200 grams, $4.10 for up to to 300 grams, $4.70 for up to 400 grams and $5.05 for up to 500 grams. The domestic medium-size rate for mail between domestic and non-standard is to be withdrawn. The medium category was introduced in 2009.
The actual wording of the proposed regulations presents the domestic first-class rate at $1.00, with a reduced rate of 15 cents for purchasers of booklets or coils.
The rate for lettermail to the United States is to be $1.20 for up to 30 grams and $1.80 for up to 50 grams. Non-standard rates are to be $2.95 for up to 100 grams, $5.15 for up to 200 grams, and $10.30 for up to 500 grams.
The international rate will be $2.50 for up to to 30 grams and $3.60 for up to 50 grams. Non-standard rates will be $5.90 for up to 100 grams, $10.30 for up to 200 grams, and $20.60 for up to 500 grams.
The rate increases are tied to some other technical changes relaxing restrictions on the placement of addresses and other markings on an envelope, and eliminating the no longer used postage-paid-in-cash impressions.
Other parts of the Canada Gazette amend the allowable dimensions of lettermail to match new Universal Postal Union resolutions from 2012.
The Gazette also contains proposed changes to the Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan Funding regulations to give Canada Post relief from making special payments until 2017 but requiring it to pay its ongoing costs.
The Canada Gazette is the official publication of the Government of Canada.
It is used, among other things, to publish new regulations, and changes to regulations before they come into effect.
The rate changes for Canada Post are to take effect March 31.
February 25, 2014 to March 10, 2014 issue of Canadian Stamp News