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Publications Mail

Canada Post’s Publications Mail (Pubmail) is a cost-efficient delivery option for mailing newsletters, newspapers and magazines.

Publications Mail (Pubmail) largely pertains to non-promotional mailers that are informational in nature. This direct mail solution is a cheaper postage alternative for hefty or heavy mailers that would otherwise be priced at parcel rates. Mailable Publications Mail (Pubmail) items may have a maximum ratio of 70% advertisements to 30% editorial/news content, in no greater than 50% of the editions issued within a 12-month timeframe. Issues must also be mailed at least twice a year, within Canada only, and through an active Publications Mail (Pubmail) agreement number approved by Canada Post.

The name “Publications Mail” itself gestures towards what is acceptable. The following pieces (and similar items) are considered unacceptable, as they do not capture the content or the nature of Publications Mail (Pubmail) campaigns:

  • Directories
  • Invoices
  • Surveys
  • Reports
  • Books (with ISBN)
  • Catalogues
  • Proxies
  • By-laws
  • Stock listings

Publications Mail (Pubmail) rates depend on the unique specs and destination of the newsletter, newspaper or magazine. Please use the following size/weight guides (in conjunction with the Canada Post postage rates below) to help plan your Pubmail format and budget:

Publications Mail (Pubmail) Special Handling STANDARD

Minimum dimensions: 100 mm x 70 mm x 0.18 mm (thickness)
Maximum dimensions: 245 mm x 156 mm x 5 mm (thickness)

Publications Mail (Pubmail) Special Handling OVERSIZE

Minimum dimensions: 100 mm x 70 mm x 0.18 mm (thickness)
Maximum dimensions: 380 mm x 380 mm x 55 mm (thickness)

Weight limits are 100 grams for Standard Special Handling, and 1.36 kg for Oversize Special Handling.

Publications Mail (Pubmail) Delivery Times:

Local: 3 days

Regional: 3 – 5 days (within province)

National: 4 – 8 days (outside province)

Our direct mail planning team can advise on whether your program may be eligible for a Publications Mail (Pubmail) agreement with Canada Post. Please call our mail house at 1-866-486-0423 to learn more about Publications Mail (Pubmail) savings, and its specific requirements. Here are Canada Post’s current Publications Mail (Pubmail) postage rates:

Machineable

up to 50 g up to 500 g
Standard $0.47
Oversize $0.74 + $0.0036 per g over 100 g

Special Handling

Standard & Oversize up to 1.36 kg
Local $0.54 + $0.0038 per g over 200 g
Regional $0.57 + $0.0038 per g over 200 g
National $0.60 + $0.0038 per g over 200 g

Delivery Facility Presort

Standard & Oversize up to 1.36 kg
Local Rural $0.44 + $0.0028 per g over 100 g
Regional Rural $0.58 + $0.0035 per g over 100 g
National $0.75 + $0.0037 per g over 100 g

Size & Weight

Length
(min-max)
Width
(min-max)
Thickness
(min-max)
Weight
Standard 100 mm to 245 mm 70 mm to 156 mm 0.18 mm to 5 mm up to 100 g
Oversize 100 mm to 380 mm 70 mm to 380 mm 0.18 mm to 55 mm up to 1.36 kg

Canada Post Publications Mail (Pubmail) postage rates above are effective as of January 16, 2017.

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