How Many Stamps Do I Need to Send a Letter to Canada?

By Tina RuhlowLast Updated Apr 7, 2021 5:10:38 PM ET
Usps
Photo Courtesy: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

If you have a friend or family member living north of the United States, chances are you've wondered about postage to Canada. So, how many stamps do you need to mail a letter to Canada? Generally, it takes three regular postage stamps to mail letters to Canada.

In 2021, first-class letter rate stamps, also known as Forever Stamps, cost 55 cents each. This means that postage to Canada for one letter will run you about $1.65.

However, it's also important to note that the current United States Postal Service (USPS) rate for first-class letters sent to Canada or Mexico is $1.20. While three Forever Stamps would cover this, you'd be overpaying by 45 cents. If you want to save some change, you can buy stamps in smaller amounts, such as four-cent stamps, to cover the balance without overpaying or using up your Forever Stamps.

Moreover, if you're willing to mail your letter directly from the post office, you can pay the exact amount. If you're sending postage to Canada often, this might be the most cost-effective option.