Contents 1506-1759 1760-1840 1841-1867 1868-1899 1900-1919 1920-1950 1951 to the Present A Chronology of Canadian Postal History
1951 to the Present - Mechanization, Technology and Postal Business

1951 1953 1954 1958 1959 1961 1962 1963 1964 1966 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1977 1978 1981 1985 1990 1999

  Air parcel post service within Canada is introduced on 1 April.

  In February, Canada’s first Postal Agency system is established at Britannia Bay, Ottawa, Ontario. In 1966, Postal Agencies are discontinued as such installations outlive their usefulness.

A special "forces letter" is adopted for use by Armed Forces abroad and their correspondents. In 1952, use of the special Forces letter is extended to United Kingdom forces serving in Canada.

image The sale of postal scrip for separate remittances is discontinued on 1 August.

  On 18 March, "group mailbox service" is inaugurated at Carleton Heights and Courtland Park, both suburban communities of Ottawa.

  International airmail service for second-class matter is introduced.

  On 1 April, government departments in Ottawa begin to frank mail using postage meter machines.

  Experiments in electronic mail sorting are conducted.

  A five-day, 40-hour workweek is introduced.

image The "snorkel" mailbox is introduced for use by the motoring public.

  New post boxes made of moulded, polyester-reinforced fibreglass, colour-impregnated with the traditional Post Office red, are installed on an experimental basis at various cities across Canada.

  The "mailmobile" is introduced in selected areas to meet the problems of suburban mail delivery.

  Philatelic souvenir cards bearing postage stamps of Canadian history in miniature are made available for the first time. Initially, the stamps are affixed to the card, but later they are provided loose.

  Transparent packages (cello-packs) of postage stamps are issued. The packages contain 20 five-cent stamps and 50 two-cent stamps and are sold for one dollar.

  Postage-free "change of address" cards are introduced. In 1977, fees are introduced for "notice of change of address to the Postmaster" and for "hold the mail."

  Electric stamp-vending machines are unveiled.

image Tagged stamps go on sale in Winnipeg on 13 January. Tagged stamps are introduced to aid in facing letters and cancelling stamps.

  Segregator, Stacker, Facer-Canceller (SEFACAN) equipment is installed in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The installation is the first of its kind in North America and one of the first of four machines to go into operation in the world. The experiment in the modernization of mail sorting reaches a new plateau.

  The Canadian Post Office issues postage stamps especially for Christmas.

  Short-sleeved shirts are adopted as optional summer uniform issue for postal personnel.

  A printed green "first-class" sticker is introduced for use by the public on the address side of overseas or bulky items of first-class mail.

  Post Office Savings Banks are discontinued but interest is paid up to 31 December 1969 on accounts of $25 or more.

  The Post Office introduces "rol-pac" dispensers made of polystyrene to hold coil rolls of 100 stamps.

  A Design Advisory Committee is appointed to choose stamp designs.

  A computerized money order system is introduced that eliminates the need for postal scrip and permits the customer to fill in the details.

image The postal code is introduced at Ottawa, Ontario.

  Canada becomes the first nation in the world to adopt an "all-up" air service for international mail for letters weighing eight ounces (227 grams) or less. Overseas surface service for letters is no longer available.

  The free franking privileges enjoyed by government departments and agencies since 1868 ceases on 1 April.

image Jean-Claude Parrot is elected national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for a first term, representing over 20 000 postal workers. Today this union represents the 45 000 men and women who sort and deliver the mail.

  "Priority post" is introduced on 1 May to compete with private couriers.

image The Canada Post Office becomes a Crown Corporation on 16 October (29-30 Eliz.II, c.54).

image To coordinate and control its operations, Canada Post opens the National Control Centre in Ottawa.

image Boom in the exchange of e-mail.

image Canada Post offers Canadians new electronic mail delivery services.

image In March, the Canadian Postal Museum interviews and photographs six letter carriers from the Ottawa-Hull area who are still active today: Claude Bélanger (31 years service), Dave Belwa (27 years), Marcel Deault (25 years), Ninon Hotte (13 years), Tracy Annand-Robichaud (18 years), and Bill White (22 years).