Canada Post delivers mail to its rural customers by the use of rural mailboxes erected on the shoulders of various roads. Canada Post establishes standards for the erection of mailboxes but no special legislation exists relating to the regulation of these boxes. Since the mailboxes are located on municipal road property, the municipality having jurisdiction over the road may make and enforce regulations regarding their operations.
All new installation, including relocation of existing mailboxes should be constructed so that:
- All mailboxes have 42” Clearance from the ground elevation
- The support post is to be installed so that the front edge of the mailbox is at or behind the shoulder rounding. On narrow roads this may require the post to be set back further from the edge of the shoulder;
- No wooden post under 4”square or over 6” round diameters be acceptable;
- All mailboxes should be visually inspected by the owner before freeze up for rot and that all compliances are met.
Note — The Municipality on request will provide a sketch showing the recommended location for installation.
- It is the responsibility of the mailbox owner to ensure that their installation conforms to these requirements.