War Amps [amputees] Envelope (Canada 2018)

[press release]

OTTAWA, ON – February 8, 2018 – The War Amps officially launched its 100th anniversary year today with the unveiling of a Canada Post commemorative envelope, at the Association’s National Headquarters in Ottawa.

Amputee veterans returning from the First World War started The War Amps in 1918 to assist each other in adapting to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War and established the Key Tag Service to gain meaningful employment and provide a service to the public. The War Amps many programs have grown over the past 100 years from assisting war amputees – whom they still serve – to all amputees, including children.

“Our work now encompasses a diversity of issues, from financial assistance for artificial limbs, to providing a voice for amputees’ rights, to spreading our PLAYSAFE message to children and much more. As we move into our second century, just as The War Amps has fought the battle for veterans since 1918, we still have a modern-day battle to fight to ensure that the needs of all amputees are met,” said Brian Forbes, Chairman of the Executive Committee of The War Amps.

Shown above: Second World War amputee veteran Charles Jefferson and members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Olivia Miller and Dante Fotia, unveil the commemorative envelope.

The envelope reflects The War Amps long history and innovative programs through photos and text. Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post said, “The War Amps is an important part of Canada and has made a tremendous impact on the lives of amputees in this country. We are delighted to issue a commemorative envelope that celebrates its rich history and the vital work it does.”

The War Amps work for Canada’s amputees over the past 100 years would not have been possible without the public, said Forbes. “The War Amps receives no government grants and our programs are possible through donations to the Key Tag and Address Label Service. Thanks to the continued support of Canadians, our commitment remains to improve the lives of amputees long into the future.”

Envelopes can be purchased by visiting Canada Post’s website [direct link to the envelope]. Please visit waramps.ca for more information about The War Amps 100th anniversary.

Black History (Canada 2018)

From Details magazine:

Issued on the first day of Black History Month [February], these stamps recognize the contributions of two prominent, ground-breaking Canadians.

Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone (1918-75)
A long-time Toronto resident, Kathleen Livingstone was an activist, humanitarian and popular radio host devoted to the empowerment of Black women. She founded the Canadian Negro Women’s Association in the 1950s and, in 1975, launched the Congress of Black Women of Canada – now a nationwide organization. In 2011, she was named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada.

“We are thrilled that people will learn not only about her efforts but also about the kind of person she was: a mother who served her family and a humanitarian who served her people, her city and her country,” says her daughter, Rene Livingstone. “She did it generously and she did it well.”

Lincoln M. Alexander (1922-2012)
Toronto-born Lincoln MacCauley Alexander had a distinguished career as a public servant and became a leader in the fight for racial equality. He was the first Black Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons (1968), appointed to the federal Cabinet (1979) and named to a viceregal position in Canada, as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1985). He encouraged countless young people to pursue their dreams – often telling them, “I did it. You can. You will.”

Both stamps, designed by Winnipeg-based Tétro, evoke the personal strength of these great Canadians through historic photographs. “The images selected capture a moment that is both internally reflective and formidable,” says designer Paul Tétrault. “The gold metallic glow pays tribute to their visionary influence and trailblazing achievements.”

[press release]
2018 Black History Month stamps celebrate trailblazers Lincoln M. Alexander and Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone
Two prominent Black Canadians devoted their lives to promoting equality and opportunity for everyone

OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada Post is marking upcoming Black History Month with stamps for 2018 celebrating Lincoln M. Alexander and Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone, two prominent Black Canadians who shattered barriers for visible minorities in Canada. The stamps will be available for purchase at postal outlets and canadapost.ca/blackhistory beginning February 1, the start of Black History Month in Canada.

“Lincoln Alexander and Kay Livingstone opened countless doors for Black Canadians and other minorities across the country. They are remarkable role models who fostered Canadian values of diversity, respect and inclusion,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra.

Lincoln Alexander
Born in Toronto, Alexander (1922-2012) was a distinguished public servant who championed racial equality, justice and education in Canada for decades. He was the first Black Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons (1968), appointed to the federal cabinet (1979) and named to a viceregal position in Canada, as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1985). He encouraged countless youth to pursue their dreams, often telling them: “I did it. You can. You will.” In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments, January 21 has been celebrated as Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada since 2015.

Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone
Raised in London, Ont., Livingstone (1918-75) lived most of her adult life in Toronto, where she was a popular radio host and became one of Canada’s most prominent visionaries, activists and humanitarians. She devoted her life to empowering Black women and is credited with coining the term “visible minority.” In the 1950s, she founded the Canadian Negro Women’s Association. In 1973, she organized the first National Congress of Black Women, and in 1975 launched the Congress of Black Women of Canada, a now nationwide organization dedicated to the welfare of Black women and their families. In 2011, she was named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada.

Women in Winter Sports (Canada 2018)

[press release]
Canada Post celebrates Canadian Women in Winter Sports
Six barrier-breaking role models honoured in special five-stamp issue

CALGARY – Weeks before the cauldrons are lit for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in South Korea, Canada Post lifted the veil on stamps that honour some of the most accomplished athletes Canada has known.

The Women in Winter Sports stamp issue commemorates six remarkable athletes in five beautiful stamps: Sharon and Shirley Firth (cross-country skiing); Sonja Gaudet (wheelchair curling); Danielle Goyette (hockey); Nancy Greene (alpine skiing); and Clara Hughes (cycling and speed skating).

“Sport is a vital element of our cultural fabric. It has the power to build bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities,” says the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “The women of these stamps have contributed to Canada beyond the medals they’ve won or the records they’ve broken. As a group, they have been champions of accessibility, community-builders and thought leaders.”

“The women who share the podium in these stamps broke barriers, inspired generations and have contributed to our country’s national story both on and off of the ice and snow,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “They have been ambassadors for their sports, impressive role models and a great source of national pride.”

The stars were honoured today at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Canada Olympic Park, a hub of winter sport. Shirley Firth, who passed away in 2013 at age 59, was represented by her husband, Jan Larsson, and daughters Marie and Nina Larsson.

Designed by Roy White, Matthew Clark and Jacquie Shaw of Subplot Design Inc. of Vancouver, B.C., the stamps marry candid photos with action shots of the athletes. The stamps and all related products are available at retail outlets and online at canadapost.ca.

Sharon and Shirley Firth transformed Inuvik into a hotbed of Nordic skiing. They competed in four Olympic Games and four World Ski Championships and dominated their sport from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, winning 79 medals at the national championships, including 48 national titles.

Sonja Gaudet is the world’s most decorated wheelchair curler, with three Paralympic gold medals and three World Wheelchair Curling Championships. A tireless advocate for accessibility, she is an ambassador with the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Paralympic Committee.

Danielle Goyette scored more than 100 career goals and dominated women’s hockey into her 40s. She won two Olympic gold medals and a silver, as well as eight gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

Nancy Greene put Canada on the map in alpine skiing. She competed at Squaw Valley in 1960, Innsbruck in 1964 and Grenoble in 1968, winning gold and silver medals. Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Greene won 17 Canadian titles, 13 World Cup victories and three U.S. Ski Championships.

Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She made six Olympic appearances, winning six medals: one gold, one silver and four bronze – in cycling and speed skating.

From Far And Wide (Canada 2018)

from Canada Post’s Details magazine; these stamps will be issued January 15th:

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand
      on guard for thee.

Excerpt from Canada’s national anthem (music by Calixa Lavallé, English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir, based on the French lyrics by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier)

There are so many beautiful places to see across Canada, it’s a constant temptation to pack your bags, hit the road and explore this fabulous country from one end to the other. If that’s not practical, our new definitive stamp series — From Far and Wide — promises to satisfy even the most restless of armchair travelers and inspire all of us to see more of this land first-hand.

Definitive stamps are typically smaller than commemoratives, so they can pose a special challenge for designers: after all, it’s not easy to depict a magnificent landscape on a canvas that is only 24 mm by 20 mm in size. But for Montréal designer Stéphane Huot, the solution was simple: “Since the stamps in this series are so tiny, our objective was to keep the design as simple as possible — so as not to detract from the visual impact of these incredible photographs.”

The nine-stamp issue includes five Permanent domestic stamps, along with one design for each U.S., oversized and international denominations. The ninth stamp in the set is our single-purchase $1 domestic rate. The first in a multi-year series, these stunning stamps will take you on a journey to some of the most breathtaking locations in Canada:

St. John’s (N.L.), Permanent
The brightly painted jelly bean houses of St. John’s are a popular tourist attraction. Many of the homes, which stand on the hill overlooking the harbour, were built following the Great Fire of 1892. The charming rainbow colours are the result of a city revitalization initiative that began in the 1970s.


Hopewell Rocks (N.B.), Permanent
It has taken millions of years for the wind and tides to carve the massive flowerpot structures that make up the Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks.

MacMillan Provincial Park (B.C.), Permanent
An old-growth forest of Douglas fir has been preserved in British Columbia’s MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. At Cathedral Grove ( featured on the stamp), visitors can walk on trails beneath the towering trees, some of which are more than 800 years old.

Prince Edward Island National Park (P.E.I.), Permanent
Encompassing more than 65 kilometres of the island’s north shore, Prince Edward Island National Park offers a bounty of beaches, red sandstone cliffs wind-sculpted sand dunes and sites such as the heritage lighthouse at Covehead Harbour and one of the country’s most popular heritage places, the 19th-century farmhouse made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery in her 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables.

Parc national de l’île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé (Que.), Permanent
The abundance of natural, historic and cultural heritage found at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the Parc national de l’île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher- Percé has delighted visitors from across the country and around the world.


Pisew Falls Provincial Park (Man.), single-stamp domestic rate
Manitoba’s Pisew Falls Provincial Park is situated in a remote wilderness area roughly 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg. With a 13-metre vertical drop, the falls that lend their name to the park are the second highest in Manitoba. Pisew comes from the Cree word for lynx since the hissing waters bring to mind the sound of this northern wild cat.

Point Pelee National Park (Ont.), U.S. rate
Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2018, Point Pelee National Park is found at the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland (50 kilometres southeast of Windsor, Ontario). Point Pelee provides habitat for many species of bird, turtle and dragonfly. The park is an important migration point for monarch butterflies heading south.


Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve (N.W.T.), oversized rate
Located in the traditional lands of the Sh•htaot’ine (Mountain Dene) in the south-west of the N.W.T., close to the Yukon border, Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve is one of Canada’s newest national parks. It is named after the Nááts’įhch’oh mountain, historically a powerful place for the people of the Sahtu.

Arctic Bay (Nunavut), international rate
A traditional community located in the northwest corner of Baffin Island, Arctic Bay has been inhabited by nomadic Arctic peoples for 5,000 years and currently boasts a population of more than 850. Its Inuktitut name, Ikpiarjuk (ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ), means “the pocket,” which describes the way the community is surrounded by hills on three sides.

[press release]
From Far and Wide: New nine-stamp issue showcases Canada’s visual splendor
Picturesque stamps capture the beauty of some of our country’s most scenic and unique locations

OTTAWA – Canada Post has issued the first nine stamps in a multi-year series that captures stunning landscapes across the country through a traveller’s view of must-see destinations.

With a title inspired by a line in our national anthem, these beautiful stamps are now available to whisk Canadians away on a vivid visual journey to some of the most incredible places this country has to offer. Known by collectors as “definitives,” these are the smaller, workhorse stamps used most often for everyday mailings – and therefore the postage most Canadians see on much of their mail.

Nine stamps form a breathtaking cross-country journey
The nine-stamp issue includes five Permanent™ stamps plus one each in the US-rate, Oversized-rate and International-rate denominations, and the single-purchase $1 domestic rate. The locations featured on the 2018 edition of the new series are:

  • The “jellybean houses” of St. John’s (N.L.)
  • Hopewell Rocks (N.B.)
  • Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park (B.C.)
  • Covehead Harbour in Prince Edward Island National Park (P.E.I.)
  • Percé Rock in Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé (Que.)
  • Pisew Falls Provincial Park (Man.)
  • Point Pelee National Park (Ont.)
  • Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve (Nt.)
  • Arctic Bay (Nvt.)

The Permanent™ domestic booklets are available in 10- and 30-stamp booklets (two or six of each image respectively), while the US-rate, Oversized-rate and International-rate denominations are available in booklets of six. The issue also includes a souvenir sheet and a variety of stamp formats for collectors, as well as an Official First Day Cover, cancelled in Leamington, ON, to mark the 100th anniversary of nearby Point Pelee National Park, featured on the $1.20 US-rate stamp. The issue was designed by Stéphane Huot of Montréal and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

Year of The Dog (Canada 2018)

These stamps will be issued January 15th, when additional information will be provided.

From Canada Post’s Details magazine:

They say “every dog has its day,” but from February 16, 2018, to February 4, 2019, those born in the Year of the Dog will have plenty of days to call their own. They certainly deserve it.

Those lucky enough to be born in the Year of the Dog are some of the most loyal and likeable people around. Possessing many of the same positive attributes as our favourite canines, they are known to be trustworthy, protective, courageous and driven by a sense of duty and justice. If you’re lucky enough to befriend a Dog, your happiness means the world to him or her. And while they can be stubborn and snappy at times, Dogs get along with just about everyone – and are particularly compatible with Rabbits, Tigers and Horses. Famous Canadians born in the Year of the Dog include Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

This year’s lunar New Year stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger at Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver. When asked about their influences and inspiration, the two highlight the importance of the lantern as a quintessential symbol of the lunar New Year celebrations: “We wanted it to play a pivotal role in the design of these stamps, so we came up with the idea of translating Meimei Mao’s intricate dog illustrations onto these beautiful, illuminated lanterns. Raeff Mile’s photographs of them capture the warmth, richness and depth we were striving for.”

[press release]
Canada Post welcomes Year of the Dog – Lunar New Year stamps adorned in red and gold

VANCOUVER, Jan. 15, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada Post has released its annual two-stamp issue to mark the Lunar New Year, the 10th in this most recent lunar series. True to the traditional aspects of the celebration, the Year of the Dog stamps incorporate Chinese lanterns as a central design element. A Permanent™ domestic-rate stamp features an endearing small dog that looks ready to rush headlong into the year ahead, while the international-rate stamp shows a larger, dignified canine, one foot raised in anticipation. The customary red and gold dominate the design.

“Canada Post is proud to once again mark the vibrant and festive occasion that is the Lunar New Year, celebrated by Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other East Asian heritage,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “The annual unveiling of this stamp issue has become a much-anticipated event.”

Designed by Vancouver’s Subplot Design Inc., with illustration by Meimei Mao and photography by Raeff Miles, the Year of the Dog stamp issue includes:

  • A traditional gummed pane of 25 domestic-rate stamps, which includes four Chinese blessings, presented in calligraphy by Albert Ng, member of the Order of Ontario, plus both Permanent™ domestic- and international-rate stamp booklets and a broad selection of philatelic collectibles.
  • The international-rate official first day cover (OFDC), which also features a traditional Chinese blessing, is unsealed to facilitate the Chinese New Year tradition of giving money in a red envelope.

The Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018, and runs to February 4, 2019. Loyal, trustworthy and courageous, the easy-going individuals born under the sign of the Dog are believed to willingly put others’ well-being above their own. Famous Canadians born under this sign include Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Canada Post’s 2018 Stamp Programme

Updated February 8, 2018 (click on links to go to details/discussion page):

[Exact dates not yet determined]

    • March: Two exquisite varieties of lotus emerge for our annual flower stamps.
    • April: Canadian Illustrators – The work of five talented Canadian Illustrators is featured on new stamps.
    • April: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graces a new commemorative, 65 years after her coronation.
    • May: Native Bees of Canada; Memorial Cup (major junior hockey) 100th anniversary.
    • May: Royal Wedding, Harry & Megan? [VSC supposition]
    • June/July/August: Astronomy, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s 150th anniversary; Sharks in Canadian Waters; Weather Wonders; and Birds of Canada.
    • September: Emergency Responders; and Canada Post Community Foundation.
    • October: Bighorn Sheep.
    • November: Christmas stamps (secular and religious).

[press release – November 10, 2017]
Lincoln Alexander, Emergency Responders, and Women in Winter Sports among new stamps to be issued in 2018
HM The Queen’s coronation and Memorial Cup anniversaries also celebrated

OTTAWA – The 2018 Stamp Program once again sets out to inform, enlighten and entertain Canadians with stamps that tell the stories of the people, places and events that make this country so amazing.

“Our stamps reflect the interesting, often beautiful, and sometimes heroic things that make us who we are as a nation,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “In this huge, culturally diverse country, there’s something in the program to interest everyone.”

Look for these exciting new stamps in 2018:
• From Far and Wide tours some of Canada’s most picturesque locations through nine breathtaking stamps, including “Jellybean Row” in St. John’s (N.L.), Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park (B.C.), Arctic Bay (Nunavut) and Point Pelee National Park (Ont.).
• Five of Canada’s most accomplished athletes share the podium in Women in Winter Sports.
• Black History Month celebrates trailblazers Lincoln Alexander, the first Black Member of Parliament, federal cabinet minister and the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and activist and humanitarian Kay Livingstone.
• Two exquisite varieties of lotus emerge for our annual flower stamps.
• The work of five talented Canadian Illustrators is featured on new stamps
• Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graces a new commemorative, 65 years after her coronation.
• Native Bees of Canada will cause a buzz with two striking stamps.
• The Memorial Cup scores big with a special issue marking its 100th anniversary.
• Astronomy stamps light up the night sky, on the occasion of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
• Sharks in Canadian Waters depict five denizens of the deep.
• Everyday heroes from five life-saving lines of work receive a salute in Emergency Responders.
• A majestic Bighorn Sheep scales a new $3 stamp.

Back for a repeat performance are the following issues:
• Lunar New Year celebrates the loyal and likeable folks born in the Year of the Dog.
• An encore of the popular Weather Wonders series is in the forecast.
• Birds of Canada takes its third and final flight.
• A new Canada Post Community Foundation stamp is poised to help raise funds for youth in need.

Next year’s Christmas issues will feature original illustrations of both the Nativity and the warm, woolly items that keep us cozy in winter.

In addition, Canada Post will issue two commemorative envelopes in 2018, to mark the 100th anniversaries of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and The War Amps.

Many stamp topics are the result of suggestions from the Canadian public or organizations that wish to honour a significant person, milestone or event. Canada Post welcomes suggestions for the 2019 program and beyond.


Les timbres de 2018 honoreront Lincoln Alexander, les intervenants d’urgence et des championnes de sports d’hiver, entre autres
Les anniversaires du couronnement de S.M. la Reine et de la Coupe Memorial seront aussi célébrés

OTTAWA – Le programme des timbres-poste de 2018 entreprend encore une fois d’informer, d’inspirer et de divertir les Canadiens avec des timbres qui racontent l’histoire de gens, de lieux et d’événements qui font du Canada un pays extraordinaire.

« Nos timbres illustrent quelques-unes des qualités fascinantes, souvent admirables et parfois héroïques qui nous définissent en tant que pays, dit Deepak Chopra, président-directeur général de Postes Canada. Dans un pays aussi grand et aussi culturellement diversifié que le nôtre, le programme aura de quoi plaire à tout le monde. »

Surveillez l’arrivée de ces nouveaux timbres en 2018 :

• L’émission Terre de nos aïeux nous fait découvrir quelques-uns des endroits les plus pittoresques au Canada sur neuf timbres, comme maisons de bonbons haricots (Jellybean Row) à St. John’s (T.-N.-L.), Cathedral Grove du MacMillan Provincial Park (C.-B.), Arctic Bay (Nunavut) et le parc national de la Pointe-Pelée (Ontario).
• Cinq des athlètes les plus accomplies du Canada se partagent le podium dans Championnes des sports d’hiver.
• Le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs rend hommage à de célèbres pionniers, dont Lincoln Alexander, premier Noir à avoir été élu à la Chambre des communes et au poste de ministre fédéral du Travail, et 24e lieutenant-gouverneur de l’Ontario, ainsi que l’activiste et l’humaniste Kay Livingstone.
• Deux espèces exquises de fleurs de lotus voient le jour sur nos timbres annuels consacrés aux fleurs.
• L’œuvre de cinq illustrateurs canadiens de talent est dévoilée sur de nouveaux timbres.
• Sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth II paraît pleine de grâce sur un nouveau timbre commémoratif, 65 ans après son couronnement.
• Deux timbres sur les abeilles indigènes du Canada vont piquer l’intérêt de plus d’un.
• La Coupe Memorial voit grand avec une émission spéciale qui marque son 100e anniversaire.
• L’émission sur l’astronomie illumine le ciel nocturne à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire de la Société royale d’astronomie du Canada.
• L’émission sur les requins du Canada illustre cinq chasseurs des mers.
• Des héros de la vie ordinaire, représentés par cinq métiers qui sauvent des vies, sont salués dans l’émission sur les intervenants d’urgence.
• Un mouflon d’Amérique grimpe sur un nouveau timbre de 3 $.

Nous retrouvons aussi les séries suivantes :
• La nouvelle Année lunaire fête toutes les bonnes âmes fidèles qui sont nées sous le signe de l’année du Chien.
• Un deuxième volet de la fameuse série Phénomènes météorologiques voit le jour.
• Les oiseaux du Canada prennent leur troisième et dernier envol.
• Nous préparons une nouvelle vignette de la Fondation communautaire de Postes Canada pour lever des fonds destinés aux jeunes dans le besoin.

Des illustrations originales de la Nativité et de ces articles en laine douillets qui nous tiennent bien au chaud l’hiver vont orner les timbres de Noël de l’année prochaine.

En 2018, Postes Canada compte émettre aussi deux enveloppes commémoratives, une pour le 100e anniversaire de l’Institut national canadien pour les aveugles (INCA) et l’autre pour le centenaire des Amputés de guerre.

Nombreux sont les motifs de nos timbres, d’après les suggestions du public ou d’organismes canadiens qui veulent rendre hommage à des personnalités et souligner des moments ou des exploits importants. Postes Canada accueille les suggestions en vue du programme de 2019 et au-delà.