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Post Office Invites Children to Send Letters and Emails to the North Pole


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2009) - Santa Claus' North Pole post office is once again open for business and Santa's postal elves are anxious to help him reply to the one million letters or so he'll once again receive from across the country and from around the world.

"Our postal elves are ready and set and eager to start," said Robert Waite, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility. "Thanks to the engagement and the dedication of our people, children love to write to Santa and they're writing back in increasing numbers, year after year. This is a true measure of the success of this program, which promotes literacy."

Santa's North Pole post office has answered more than 17.4 million letters since Canada Post's national annual letter-writing program was established in 1982. Since 2002, we have also replied to nearly 270,000 emails. More than 11,000 current or retired Canada Post employees (known affectionately as postal elves) volunteer their time to help Santa respond to truckloads of letters in the language in which they are received-27 languages last year, including Braille. In 2008, Canada Post elves replied to more than 1.4 million letters and 63,000 emails!

Children should remember to include their complete return address when they send their letters to Santa at his North Pole workshop at:

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Santa also receives email through a special website at Children and parents can now visit to discover fun holiday games and activities, and to download special messages from Santa!

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