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Publications Mail™ Overview of Changes Print

Details on service and price changes for Publications Mailâ„¢ effective

January 16, 2017 and other recent or upcoming changes The details in this "Overview of Changes" is for information purposes only and should not be regarded or relied upon as legal advice or opinion. While no substantial changes other than those noted in this Overview of Changes are anticipated, we continue to review and update the Customer Guides.

Customers mailing with Canada Post must refer to the applicable General Terms and Conditions at

  • For Customers without a Canada Post Standing Offer Agreement, or
  • For Customers with a Canada Post Standing Offer Agreement

2017 Publications Mail Price Sheet

There will be price increases introduced on January 16, 2017. Refer to the 2017 Publications Mail Price Sheet at

2017 Publications Mail Customer Guide

The 2017 version of the Publications Mail Customer Guide will be posted at on November 18, 2016.

Effective January 16, 2017

Changing pricing for catalogues enclosed in Publications Mail

In response to customer feedback and to help publishers generate revenue, we will be simplifying our requirements and pricing for catalogues enclosed within a Publications Mail item. Previously, catalogues enclosed within a Publications Mail item were paid separately as Personalized Mail. In January, catalogues enclosed within newspapers or magazines will only be charged the incremental weight of the enclosed catalogue.

The Publications Mail item with the enclosed catalogue must not exceed the maximum size and weight requirements for Publications Mail.

A catalogue within a publication is defined as bound printed matter containing a listing of products or services for sale which can include prices and item numbers. Catalogues may contain an index or table of contents and/or the word CATALOGUE or CATALOG.

Clarifying prices applicable to sample enclosures

In January 2016, we introduced a single and lower price point of $0.10 per sample enclosed in a Publications Mail item. Our intent was to improve the use of samples by publishers to help supplement advertising revenues.

We understand the change might not have been clear in our Guides. We are further clarifying the requirements associated with sample pricing. The price per loose sample does not apply to sample(s) that are bound or affixed to pages within a publication, however the weight of these sample(s) must be included in the overall weight of the publication. The weight of loose samples should not be included with the weight of the publication.

Updating containers and shipping labels for Machineable Mail

We have simplified our container and shipping label requirements for Machineable Mail. The current requirement to include the destination plant where the mailing will be deposited will be removed from the container and shipping labels. This change does not apply to Special Handling or Delivery Facility Presort mailings.

Changes and enhancements introduced in 2016

Added flexibility to Machineable Mail for creative items

Machineable Mail specifications for Standard and Oversize items have been expanded to provide you with more creative flexibility when using Machineable Mail. The following creative features are now acceptable if pre-tested and approved prior to deposit:

  • alternative tab/sealing locations
  • zipper seals/perforations on the exterior items
  • non-paper enclosures within a self-mailer
  • tip-on placed on a card
  • square self-mailers
  • die-cuts placed along the top, leading or trailing edge

See Machineable Mail in the Designing module at for more details on how to have your items pre-tested.

Introduced Machineable Mail How to videos

To help better explain our Machineable Mail requirements, we are developing a series of videos which will be posted to our video library. These videos will help you visualize how these items are processed in our equipment and highlight key specifications to ensure you benefit from our Machineable prices.

The first in our series of videos, Getting Started with Machineable Mail and Designing Envelopes for Machineable Mail can be found at Look for additional videos that will be posted over the coming months:

  • Creating cards
  • Producing self-mailers
  • Machine readability requirements

We hope these new videos will help you discover the benefits of Machineable Mail.

Coming soon!

Improving our commercial invoice

In 2017, Canada Post will be improving the commercial invoices to make them easier to read, easier to understand and easier to process, while providing you the information you need to support your business. You will have options to choose the right format for your business and new online support to assist you with your choices!

Expect more information on these exciting changes in early 2017.

Overview of changes posted October 3, 2016