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When moving, it's important that you leave no task undone, and one such very important task is setting up mail forwarding through the Canada Post to ensure that none of your important bills or letters go missing after your move.

Who can forward

Anyone not planning to return to their original address (making a permanent move) is eligible for mail forwarding through Canada Post. For example:
  • Someone moving their residence
  • A business owner moving their business
  • A person who is running the estate of a deceased individual
  • An individual changing post office boxes

Temporary forwarding

If you only plan to be away for a short period of time rather than a more permanent move, there is also the option of temporary mail forwarding through the Canada Post.

Reasons for temporary moves include:
  • A temporary job reassignment
  • Vacationing at another home for an extended period of time
  • Managing mail on the behalf of another person
  • Your business is temporarily moving or closed due to renovations

How to purchase

Mail forwarding may be purchased for a minimum of four months and continue on for a 12-month period. Although prices do vary (international mail forwarding is understandably more expensive), the year long service offers customers the best value.

It's also important to keep in mind that while residential mail forwarding can be purchased three business days in advance of your move, businesses need to allow ten business days for mail forwarding from Canada Post to begin.

To set up mail forwarding, you have two options for completing this task.
  • Sign up online - use the internet service to verify your identity and answer some credit history questions
    • The online service may also be used to modify existing mail forwarding plans
    • On the off chance you're unable to validate your identity online, you will be given a barcode to bring with you to a Canada Post office near you
  • At the post office - bring a valid government-issued photo ID as proof of identification and fill out a mail forwarding form
    • This form can be printed and filled out in advance to save time

TIP: Also fill out a change of address form while at the post office or when completing your mail forwarding through the web. This way you won't need to worry about it later.

What to do after

Once you have successfully moved and begin receiving your forwarded mail from your local post office, it's time to notify friends, family, subscription services and billing companies of your move -- assuming you have not done so already.

A handful of people and places who should be informed that you have changed your address are as follows:
  • The bank (you may also require new checks with your corrected address)
  • Credit card companies
  • Insurance companies you have policies through (car, home, etc.)
  • Companies you have loans with (car, school, home, etc.)
  • Any and all remaining bills you receive in the mail
  • Newspapers, magazines and mail order services (Netflix, Amazon, etc.)
  • The DMV (you will also have to update your car's registration, your driver's license, license plate, etc.)
  • Your employer (when applicable)
  • Your children's schools (if applicable)
  • Doctors, dentists and veterinarians (again, if applicable)
  • Friends and family
In the grand scheme of moving to-do list items, mail forwarding is a tiny but important step in relocating your life. One which you will regret skipping.

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on July 23, 2014

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