Canada Post announces free shipping program for the holiday season

Canada Post is once again offering free shipping for family and friends of deployed men and women for this holiday season. Care packages are a great way to send someone you love a special gift from home. This will be the thirteenth consecutive year that Canada Post will be offering this service.

“Canada Post is continuing with free delivery of letters and parcels to deployed troops from their family and friends during the 2018 holiday season. We understand how important these messages are to uplift the spirits of Canadian men and women serving overseas,” said Nicole Lecompte, media relations Canada Post

From October 10, 2018, through January 11, 2019 parcel shipping free of charge will be available, and regular letter mail up to 500 grams will available free of charge from October 10, 2018, through December 31.

Talks between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) aimed at reaching negotiated settlements are continuing, as they did over the weekend, said Lecompte.

Another great option, whether the strike goes forward or not is the Military Family Resource Center. The MFRC offers a once a week, cost-free mail service that get sent through MFRC’s across the country. However, it does take up to 28 days for mail to be sent to its destination. Plan accordingly if it is a time sensitive package.

First-time senders may not know what to send to their loved one and may not know the restrictions associated with sending packages overseas. Necessities like baby wipes, chapstick, deodorant and baby powder are staples in a care package. They can be individualised with chocolate, card games, photos and much more.

Mail must include the name of the soldier, rank and mission information. It must be deposited at a retail location. Click here and scroll down to item number 6 for the address as per operation.

For more tips and ideas on what to send in a care package, subscribe to our Fall issue of the CMF magazine.

For more information on size restrictions, mailing guidelines and prohibited items click here to visit the CAF website for more details.

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