How to create and print Canada Post shipping labels?

All that you need to create and print Canada Post shipping labels is a computer, a printer and access to the Canada Post website or a service like PitneyShip™ Pro

Not only can you create and print your own Canada Post shipping labels online, you can also request package pickups and save yourself a trip to the post office.

The Canada Post website offers to Canada Post Solutions for Small BusinessTM customers a free online shipping tool, Snap ShipTM that lets you create pre-paid shipping labels for many of its service levels. If you want to access to more shipping options and discounted rates, PitneyShip Pro® shipping software is your best option to ship and save with just a few clicks.

Getting started is easy. Everything you need is waiting in whatever serves as your home office. Just sign up, sign in, and confirm that you have ink in the printer.

How do I create a prepaid Canada Post shipping label?

Creating and printing your own Canada Post shipping labels can save you time and money, and it offers a contactless experience. Getting started is easy.

The first step to create a Canada Post Shipping label is to sign up for a service, either through the Canada Post website’s with Snap ShipTM or an online shipping service that partners with Canada Post, like PitneyShip Pro. Both are great options, depending on your needs.

  • Canada Post Snap ShipTM

    Snap ShipTM is a free service offered by Canada Post that lets you compare their services and discounted rates, print your shipping label and book a pickup in one place. This service is a great choice if your shipping volumes are low and primarily packages.

  • PitneyShip™ Pro

    PitneyShip™ Pro partners with all the major carriers, including  Canada Post, giving you access to a range of options and more opportunities to save money. We work equally well with high or low volumes of packages and mail.


Once you create a PitneyShip™ Pro account, simply follow the directions for entering the information you need to create your Canada Post shipping label. This usually only requires a few types of input from you:

  • Return and delivery addresses
  • Package details (weight and/or dimensions)
  • Level of service
  • Optional service requests (tracking, insurance, etc.)

Finally, verify that your label information is correct, make any necessary edits and complete any required payment steps. PitneyShip™ Pro technology verifies if your addresses are valid and everything is in order. Be sure to check that you have enough ink or toner to complete the job and your paper or shipping label stickers are correctly positioned before hitting print.

Read on for more answers to the most common questions people have about creating and printing Canada Post shipping labels.

Where can I print Canada Post shipping labels?

You can print a Canada Post shipping label from wherever you have access to a printer, a computer and an internet connection.

Can I print Canada Post labels from home?

If you have a working printer and an internet connection at home then, yes, you can print a Canada Post mailing label or shipping label at home.

Can I print Canada Post labels on regular paper?

You can use plain white printer paper to print a Canada Post label or you can use self-adhesive labels that come preformatted to size. For best results, Canada Post recommends you use a laser printer or an inkjet printer that prints at least 600 dots-per-inch (DPI).

What size should I use for Canada Post shipping labels?

The Canada Post preferred label size is the shipping industry standard of 4x6 inches. Because a single standard size isn’t practical for all packages, shipping labels also come in 6x3 inch and 4x6 inch sizes.

Each of these sizes can be printed on a standard-sized sheet of paper. And you can use that extra white space to include a personalized message. Just ensure it doesn’t interfere with the label image.

How do I send a prepaid shipping label with Canada Post?

Once you’ve printed your prepaid Canada Post shipping label, simply place the label on your package, and use Snap ShipTM or your PitneyShip™ Pro service to arrange a pickup.

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