Linn’s Stamp News reports that Canada Post has quietly stopped selling “permanent” stamps in the wake of its announcement that it will raise its domestic letter rate from sixty three cents to a dollar next year. The stamps are the Canadian equivalent of USPS “forever” stamps. The Canada Post web site still touts the “P” stamps as of this morning:
The PERMANENT™ stamp, identified with the letter P in place of a value, is always accepted at the current domestic postage price. So if you buy a PERMANENT stamp today, you can still use it in at any time in the future–no more 1 cent stamps when the postal rates increase.
And there’s still a “Purchase PERMANENT stamps online” link on the web site, but clicking on it takes you to a page selling 63 cent stamps. The “P” stamps have also been pulled from post offices across Canada, replaced with 63 cent denominated stamps.
Linn’s says Canada Post confirmed that the stamps had been removed from sale, but that they would return- after the price increase takes effect next year.