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K, L, M, N, P for the Province of Ontario
Ontario is Canada’s most populated province with over 14 million residents.
So it makes sense that it's the only province with 5 postal district codes (all others have only one, except for Québec).
Here are the 5 postal district codes in Ontario:
Postal codes that begin with K are for the City of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario. For example: K4L5M6
Postal codes that begin with M are for the City of Toronto. For example: M7N8P9
The rest of the province outside these two cities have postal codes that begin with L, N, and P
G, H, J for the Province of Québec
The next province with the highest population after Ontario is Québec, with over 8 million residents.
It has 3 postal district codes: G, H, and J.
V for the Province of British Columbia
Aside from Ontario and Québec, each of all the other Canadian provinces only has one postal district code.
For instance, the province of British Columbia with over 5 million residents shares only one postal district code throughout the entire province: V.
R, S, T for the 3 Prairie Provinces
If you’re new to Canada, you might want to familiarize yourself with the term prairies.
Prairies, or the Canadian Prairies, mainly refer to the three prairie provinces: Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Here are their postal district codes:
- Alberta, with over 4.5 million residents, has a postal district code of T.
- Manitoba, with over 1.3 million residents, has a postal district code of R.
- Saskatchewan, with over 1.2 million residents, has a postal district code of S.
A, B, C, E for the 4 Atlantic Provinces
Atlantic Canada consists of 4 provinces in the East Coast of the country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Prince Edward Island. Here are their postal district codes:
- Nova Scotia, with over 950,000 residents, has a postal district code of B.
- New Brunswick, with over 750,000 residents, has a postal district code of E.
- Newfoundland and Labrador, with over 500,000 residents, has a postal district code of A.
- Prince Edward Island, with over 170,000 residents, has a postal district code of C.
X and Y for the 3 Canadian Territories
Canadian territories are administratively different from Canadian provinces because they do not have a local “provincial” government. They only exercise delegated powers from the federal government of Canada.
The 3 Canadian territories are the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.
Both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut share one single postal district code: X. The Northwest Territories has a population of over 45,000 residents, while Nunavut has approximately 37,000 residents.
Yukon, with a population of around 44,000, has a postal district code of Y.