Guidelines On Canada Post Rural Mailboxes

Ennisko:wa / March 17, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like remind the community that all mailboxes within the Districts of Tsi Snaihne (Snye) and Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) are considered “Rural Mailboxes.” The proper placement and maintenance of rural mailboxes ensures the continued safe delivery of mail by Canada Post. Please be advised that Rural mailbox owners are responsible for all costs associated with placing, relocating and for the ongoing maintenance of their mailbox and the surrounding terrain.  Also note that replacing or reinstalling a mailbox that becomes damaged or knocked down is the responsibility of the owner.

When selecting a Rural Mailbox, please ensure that rectangular mailboxes have an opening of at least 17.5 cm (7”) in width and height, and an interior of at least 45 cm (18”) in length. A cylindrical mailbox must have an opening of at least 25 cm (10“) in diameter and an interior of at least 45 cm (18“) in length. The bottom of the box should be at least 100 cm {and preferably 107- 114cm (42”-45”)} above the ground. It should not obscure or obstruct access to any other boxes near it.

Please consult with your local post office to ensure that all mailbox specifications and road safety criteria are met before installing a rural box. Your Local Postal Official can answer any questions you have about rural mail delivery. For more information, please contact the local post office at 613-575-1266 or call Canada Post’s Customer Service at 1-800-267-1177.