Canada Forward Sortation Areas Map

How to Build a Map with Forward Sortation Area Boundaries

  You can easily create a Canada forward sortation area map using Mapline. A forward sortation area (FSA) is used to designate a geographical unit based on the first three characters in the Canada postal code. FSAs start with the same three characters: a letter, a number and a letter.

Character Definitions for Canada FSA Maps

What is an FSA code? A forward sortation code helps Canadian postal workers understand which province or territory a piece of mail corresponds with and where it should be delivered. There are three characters in an FSA code:
  • 1st character – a letter that identifies the province or territory.
  • 2nd character – a number that identifies the area whether it is urban or rural. Wide-area rural regions are identified with “0” while all other numerals indicate urban areas.
  • 3rd character – a letter that identifies a specific geographic district. It may be a major metropolitan area, a medium-sized city or a rural region.
A color-coded representation of a forward sortation area (FSA) map developed with Mapline mapping software

Steps to Create a Canada Forward Sortation Areas Map

  1. Create a Mapline account and login.
  2. Click the orange “Add New Items” button.
  3. Select “New Map” on the drop down arrow.
  4. Give your map a name and click “OK.”
  5. Click the “Add” button from the left sidebar.
  6. Select the “Territories” option.
  7. Click “From Mapline’s Repository.”
  8. From the “Territories” select “Canada Forward Sortation Areas.”
  9. Select how you want your boundaries to be colored in “Fill Color” (Random Colors, Uniform Color, Dynamic heat map colors, or Custom colors from spreadsheet).
  10. Click “OK.”

That’s how easy it is to create a Canada forward sortation area map! Ready to create your own Canada FSA map? Find information about our individual, team, API and custom plans to get started today.

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