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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

PART ICanada Post Corporation (continued)

Powers (continued)

Marginal note:Administration of oaths

 The Corporation may, in any case or class of cases approved by the Governor in Council, empower any officer of the Corporation to administer oaths and take and receive affidavits, declarations and affirmations for any purpose relating or incidental to the administration or enforcement of this Act or the regulations.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 18

Marginal note:Postal inspectors

 The Corporation may designate any employee of the Corporation as a postal inspector with the duty to provide for the security of the officers and employees of the Corporation, the property of the Corporation and anything in the course of post.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 19


Marginal note:Regulations

  •  (1) The Corporation may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, make regulations for the efficient operation of the business of the Corporation and for carrying the purposes and provisions of this Act into effect, and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, may make regulations

    • (a) prescribing, for the purposes of this Act and the regulations, what is a letter and what is non-mailable matter and undeliverable mail, other than undeliverable letters, and providing for the disposition of non-mailable matter, undeliverable mail and mail on which sufficient postage is not paid, including the disposition of anything found therein;

    • (b) classifying mailable matter, including the setting of standards for any class thereof;

    • (c) prescribing the conditions under which mailable matter may be transmitted by post;

    • (d) prescribing rates of postage and the terms and conditions and method of payment thereof;

    • (e) providing for the reduction of rates of postage on mailable matter prepared in the manner prescribed by the regulations;

    • (f) providing for the refund of postage;

    • (g) providing for the transmission by post, free of postage, of

      • (i) letters, books, tapes, records and other similar material for the use of the blind, and

      • (ii) mailable matter relating solely to the business of the Corporation and addressed to or sent by a person engaged in that business;

    • (g.1) providing for a reduced rate of postage for library materials lent by a library to a borrower, including by means of an interlibrary loan;

    • (h) providing for the holding of mail by the Corporation at the request of the sender or addressee thereof or in any other circumstances specified in the regulations;

    • (i) providing for the insurance of mail and the payment of indemnity by the Corporation in case of loss of or damage to mail;

    • (j) [Repealed before coming into force, 2008, c. 20, s. 3]

    • (k) governing the design, placement and use of any receptacle or device intended for the posting, insertion, reception, storage, transmission or delivery of mailable matter;

    • (l) regulating or prohibiting the installation of machines for vending postage stamps, postal remittances or other products or services of the Corporation;

    • (m) regulating or prohibiting the manufacture, installation and use of postage meters;

    • (n) regulating or prohibiting the making or printing of postage stamps;

    • (o) governing the preparation, design and issue of postage stamps;

    • (p) providing for the closure of post offices, the termination of rural routes and the termination of letter carrier routes;

    • (q) carrying out any international postal agreement or international arrangement entered into pursuant to this Act;

    • (r) dealing with any matter that any provision of this Act contemplates being the subject of regulations; and

    • (s) providing for the operation of any services or systems established pursuant to this Act.

  • Marginal note:Fair and reasonable

    (2) The rates of postage prescribed pursuant to subsection (1) shall be fair and reasonable and consistent so far as possible with providing a revenue, together with any revenue from other sources, sufficient to defray the costs incurred by the Corporation in the conduct of its operations under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Compensation

    (3) The Governor in Council may make regulations providing for the payment of compensation to the Corporation in respect of materials for the use of the blind transmitted in accordance with regulations made pursuant to subparagraph (1)(g)(i).

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-10, s. 19
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 34
  • 2013, c. 10, s. 2

Marginal note:Publication of proposed regulation

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a copy of each regulation that the Corporation proposes to make under subsection 19(1) shall be published in the Canada Gazette and a reasonable opportunity shall be afforded to interested persons to make representations to the Minister with respect thereto.

  • Marginal note:Single publication sufficient

    (2) No proposed regulation need be published more than once under subsection (1) whether or not it is amended after such publication as a result of representations made by interested persons as provided in that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Submission to Governor in Council

    (3) Where a proposed regulation has been published pursuant to subsection (1) and has not been withdrawn by the Corporation within sixty days after such publication, the Minister shall forthwith thereafter submit the regulation or, if the regulation has been amended by the Corporation, the amended regulation, to the Governor in Council for consideration.

  • Marginal note:Action on receipt of regulation

    (4) Forthwith after receiving a regulation made pursuant to subsection 19(1) for submission to the Governor in Council for consideration, the Clerk of the Privy Council shall send to the Corporation a letter acknowledging his receipt of the regulation and indicating the date of such receipt.

  • Marginal note:Presumption

    (5) Every regulation made pursuant to subsection 19(1) is deemed to have been approved by the Governor in Council sixty days after the day it is received by the Clerk of the Privy Council for submission to the Governor in Council for consideration, unless the Governor in Council has previously approved or refused to approve the regulation.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 54, s. 17

Marginal note:Setting of postage otherwise than by regulation

 Notwithstanding subsection 19(1) or any regulation made pursuant to that subsection, the Corporation may prescribe rates of postage otherwise than by regulation for any person who has entered into an agreement with the Corporation for

  • (a) the variation of rates of postage on the mailable matter of that person in consideration of his mailing in bulk, preparing the mailable matter in a manner that facilitates the processing thereof or receiving additional services in relation thereto; or

  • (b) the provision of experimental services related to the business of the Corporation for any period not exceeding three years.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-10, s. 21
  • 1994, c. 26, s. 18

Marginal note:Library book rate

 The Corporation may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into an agreement with Her Majesty in right of Canada to continue the reduced rate of postage for library books.

  • 2013, c. 10, s. 3


Marginal note:Ten-year review

  •  (1) Five years after this Act comes into force, and every ten years thereafter, the Minister must have a review undertaken of the definition library material and of the operation of paragraph 19(1)(g.1).

  • Marginal note:Report to Parliament

    (2) Within one year after the review is undertaken, the Minister must submit to Parliament a report on the review.

  • Marginal note:Reference to parliamentary committee

    (3) The report stands referred to the committee of the House of Commons, or of both Houses of Parliament, that is designated or established for that purpose, which shall

    • (a) as soon as possible thereafter, review the report; and

    • (b) report to the House of Commons, or to both Houses of Parliament, within one year after the laying of the report of the Minister or any further time that the House of Commons, or both Houses of Parliament, may authorize.

  • 2013, c. 10, s. 3
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