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Canada Post Corporation Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-10)

Act current to 2021-09-11 and last amended on 2017-09-21. Previous Versions

Canada Post Corporation Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. C-10

An Act respecting the Canada Post Corporation

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Canada Post Corporation Act.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 1


Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) In this Act,


    Board means the Board of Directors of the Corporation; (conseil)


    Chairman[Repealed, 2006, c. 9, s. 234]


    Chairperson means the Chairperson of the Board, appointed pursuant to section 7; (président du conseil)


    Corporation means the Canada Post Corporation established by section 4; (Société)

    library material

    library material means books, magazines, records, CDs, CD-ROMs, audiocassettes, videocassettes, DVDs and other audiovisual materials and other similar library materials. (document de bibliothèque)


    mail means mailable matter from the time it is posted to the time it is delivered to the addressee thereof; (envois ou courrier)

    mail bag

    mail bag means any container or covering in which mail is transmitted, whether it contains mail or not; (contenant postal)

    mail contractor

    mail contractor means a person who has entered into a contract with the Corporation for the transmission of mail, which contract has not expired or been terminated; (entrepreneur postal)

    mail conveyance

    mail conveyance means any physical, electronic, optical or other means used to transmit mail; (Version anglaise seulement)

    mailable matter

    mailable matter means any message, information, funds or goods that may be transmitted by post; (objets)


    Minister means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act; (ministre)


    post means to leave in a post office or with a person authorized by the Corporation to receive mailable matter; (poster ou déposer)

    post office

    post office includes any place, receptacle, device or mail conveyance authorized by the Corporation for the posting, receipt, sorting, handling, transmission or delivery of mail; (bureaux de poste)


    postage means the charge or surcharge payable for the collection, transmission and delivery by the Corporation of messages, information, funds or goods and for insurance or other special services provided by the Corporation in relation thereto; (port)

    postage stamp

    postage stamp means any stamp, postage impression or postage meter impression authorized by the Corporation for the purpose of paying postage; (timbres-poste)

    postal remittance

    postal remittance means any instrument authorized by the Corporation for the remittance of funds; (titre de versement postal)


    President means the President of the Corporation appointed pursuant to section 8; (président)


    transmit means to send or convey from one place to another place by any physical, electronic, optical or other means; (transmission)

    transmit by post

    transmit by post means to transmit through or by means of the Corporation; (transmission postale)

    undeliverable letter

    undeliverable letter means any letter that for any reason cannot be delivered to the addressee thereof and includes any letter the delivery of which is prohibited by law or is refused by the addressee or on which postage due is not paid by the sender on demand. (lettres non distribuables)

  • Marginal note:Presumption

    (2) For the purposes of this Act,

    • (a) leaving mail at the place of residence or business of the addressee thereof,

    • (b) depositing mail in a post office lock box or rural mail box or any other receptacle or device provided for the receipt of mail of the addressee, or

    • (c) leaving mail with the addressee or his servant or agent or with any other person who may reasonably be considered to be authorized to receive mail by the addressee thereof,

    according to the usual manner of delivering mail to that addressee, is deemed to be delivery to the addressee.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (3) For the purposes of this Act, a thing is deemed to be in the course of post from the time it is posted to the time it is delivered to the addressee or returned to the sender thereof.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-10, s. 2
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 234(E)
  • 2013, c. 10, s. 1

Her Majesty

Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 3

PART ICanada Post Corporation


Marginal note:Corporation established

 There is hereby established a corporation to be called the Canada Post Corporation.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 4


Marginal note:Objects

  •  (1) The objects of the Corporation are

    • (a) to establish and operate a postal service for the collection, transmission and delivery of messages, information, funds and goods both within Canada and between Canada and places outside Canada;

    • (b) to manufacture and provide such products and to provide such services as are, in the opinion of the Corporation, necessary or incidental to the postal service provided by the Corporation; and

    • (c) to provide to or on behalf of departments and agencies of, and corporations owned, controlled or operated by, the Government of Canada or any provincial, regional or municipal government in Canada or to any person services that, in the opinion of the Corporation, are capable of being conveniently provided in the course of carrying out the other objects of the Corporation.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) While maintaining basic customary postal service, the Corporation, in carrying out its objects, shall have regard to

    • (a) the desirability of improving and extending its products and services in the light of developments in the field of communications;

    • (b) the need to conduct its operations on a self-sustaining financial basis while providing a standard of service that will meet the needs of the people of Canada and that is similar with respect to communities of the same size;

    • (c) the need to conduct its operations in such manner as will best provide for the security of mail;

    • (d) the desirability of utilizing the human resources of the Corporation in a manner that will both attain the objects of the Corporation and ensure the commitment and dedication of its employees to the attainment of those objects; and

    • (e) the need to maintain a corporate identity program approved by the Governor in Council that reflects the role of the Corporation as an institution of the Government of Canada.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 5

Board of Directors

Marginal note:Board of Directors

  •  (1) There shall be a Board of Directors of the Corporation consisting of the Chairperson, the President and nine other directors appointed as provided in this Act.

  • Marginal note:Appointment of directors

    (2) Each director, other than the Chairperson and the President, shall be appointed by the Minister, with the approval of the Governor in Council, to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding four years that will ensure, as far as possible, the expiration in any one year of the terms of office of not more than one half of the directors.

  • Marginal note:Vacancy

    (3) Where the office of a director becomes vacant during the term of the director appointed thereto, the Governor in Council may appoint a director for the remainder of the term.

  • Marginal note:Re-appointment

    (4) A director may, on the expiration of his term of office, be re-appointed to the Board.

  • Marginal note:Fees

    (5) A director, other than the Chairperson, the President and any director selected from among persons employed in the federal public administration, is entitled to receive for attendance at meetings of the Board and any committee thereof such fees as may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Expenses

    (6) A director is entitled to be paid by the Corporation reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by him while absent from his ordinary place of residence in the course of his duties as a director.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-10, s. 6
  • 2003, c. 22, s. 224(E)
  • 2006, c. 9, ss. 235, 236(E)
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