Dataset and API with all postal codes from Canada.
The following info available on the dataset:
The Canadian postal code also follows the theme of the British postal code where the postal code consists of numbers and alphabets. In Canada, the postal code consists of 6 characters that are separated in the middle with a space. This makes the total characters equal to 7. The format here is like A1A 1A1.
If we take the latest information in this regard, 876,445 postal codes were there in 2019. These were starting from A0A for Newfoundland to Y1A for Yukon. These codes used forward sortation areas as mentioned.
A Forward Sortation Area is a geographical region that has the same code for the first 3 characters of the postal code. So, the FSA or the Forward Sortation Area will be used as a “Postal district”.
The geographical area of Quebec and Ontario are the places that are corresponding to an entire province. This is the reason they are divided into many postal districts for easy sorting and fast delivery. Quebec is subdivided into 3 postal districts whereas Ontario is subdivided into 5 postal districts. Each of them has a different code for their postal districts.The codes are “H” for the Montreal region and “M” for Toronto. This is done because there are urban areas in this location that are very Populus.
The areas in the Northwest territories like the Nunavut and Northwest Territories were separated and they became separate territories themselves in 1999. But due to the low amount of population, they still share a postal district because it is not difficult to manage the sorting and delivery because of less population.
The postal code in Canada has a digit in it in the FSA. This digit is helpful in the recognition of the area. Here is how it works.
To make it easier for people to separate articles by the postal district, an FSA directory is provided. It has all the codes in tabular form. This directory of lists also specifies the communities covered by rural FSA. One great thing about this system is that eh medium-sized cities can have one dedicated FSA while the large ones can have more than one.
If one FSA covers more than one city in its area, the lists have relative locations for Each FSA in those cities. For the cities that have more than one FSA, the neighboring areas are specified in the lists to ease the process of sorting and making the deliveries quick.