Facts about Canadian Postal Codes

  • Postal codes in Canada are alphanumeric. Most of the counties in the world use numeric-only postal codes. Besides Canada, only UK, Brunei, Malta and Holland have letters in their postal codes.
  • Format of postal code in Canada is A9A 9A9.
  • You can tell the province, postal code belongs to by looking at the first letter of the postal code.
  • Only Ontario and Quebec use more than one first letter for their postal codes.
  • First digit in the postal code (right after first letter) can be used identify type of the area it covers. 0 for rural and any other digit for urban.
  • H0H 0H0 is the official postal code of Santa Claus, North Pole.
  • Canadian postal code never include letters D, F, I, O, Q, or U as they might confuse electronic equipment, used to automatically recognizing the postal codes.
  • According to Statistics Canada, the most populated FSA (first three characters of the postal code) is JOK (Joliette rural) with populaton of 135,850.
  • There are also 10 FSAs with population of exactly zero.

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