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Sneak peek at Canada’s 2022 stamp program

Written by catpaw

September 07, 2021

Canada’s 2022 stamp program offers a few teasers for the coming year. The usual holiday events will be covered as well as a number of reoccurring thematics. Highlights for the year will be:

  • Black History month
  • singers
  • spring flowers
  • endangered animals
  • Canadians in flight
  • Aboriginal leaders
  • a very special hockey anniversary

One big disappointment is the lack of anything for the Lunar New Year.  2021’s stamp was actually a sheet of all twelve from the completed 12 year cycle. I guess Canada Post feels the theme has run it’s course, but 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger and well, cats. What more can I say?  If you’d like to see Year of the Tiger stamps from previous years, check out this retrospective look Where’s Canada’s Tiger Stamps? | Bitter Grounds Magazine.

Black History Month

2022 will start with the annual Black History stamp. Some of the most interesting Canadian stamp designs are coming out of this series.

Jazz singer Eleanor Collins, Canada’s “first lady of jazz” will be featured.  Get a start on learning about her here Eleanor Collins | The Canadian Encyclopedia. Collins intersects with the 2021 Amber Valley set. Her parents were among the 1000 black immigrants who moved from Oklahoma to Amber Valley around 1905 (see Canada Post’s 2021 Black History month issues – Amber Valley | Bitter Grounds Magazine).  I hope the designer of the Amber Valley set, Lara Minja of Lime Design, will have a hand in this year’s stamp. 

Another influential voice will have her day. Later in the year Salome Bey, Canada’s First Lady of the Blues, will be featured. Her death last year left a huge hole in hearts of blues lovers. Bey was one of the first blues singers I was exposed to in my younger days, so I’m looking forward to this one. 

Spring has sprung

Spring brings a mixed lot from flowers to foot guards.  It’ll be a busy time for collectors, as usual. You know spring is here when Canada Post’s flower stamps hit the stores. This year they’ll be callas. 

The Governor General’s Foot Guard will be 100 in 2022 and there will have their very own stamp. And we can expect the 4th in the Canadians in Flight series. Hard to say who’ll be featured this time around. 

Also sometime in the spring, Canada Post will release a stamp encouraging Canadians to donate organs and tissues. I’m betting this one will be a semi-postal.

CAPEX 22 will be held in Toronto June 19-22, and a souvenir sheet will be issued for the event. Thankfully it’ll be held in a place that is easy to get to for public transit users. The show will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, just a short walk from Union Station. 

Random vintage stuff

We can also expect vintage carousels and 5 stamps featuring vintage travel posters from across Canada. These will be pure fun. 

Tribute to Indigenous leaders

2022 will recognize Indigenous leaders with 3 stamps. No word on who will be featured. 

Another in the long, long list of overdue tributes will Tommy Prince of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. His stamp will be released for Remembrance Day,  

Wildlife at risk  

Canada is a good bet for wildlife stamps each year. 2021’s Snow Mammals proved to be so popular, Canada Post re-issued them. 2022 will be endangered whales. Canada has produced a number of great whale stamps over the years, starting with the 1979 .35c Bowhead. It’ll be hard to top the 2010 $10 Blue Whale. Jorge Peral’s engraving made this a king of stamps. 

Has it really been 50 years? 

Now the stamp many will be waiting for – the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Canada-Russia Hockey Summit. This is a set you’ll have to grab early or you’ll miss your chance. It is one of those “where were you” moments in Canadian history. Given the near mythical status the series has in Canada, it will sell out quickly.  I’d recommend pre-ordering online. 


You can look forward to the traditional Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas stamps to round out the year. 

As 2021 wraps up, I’ll be running a poll to find the most popular Canadian stamp for the year. Take a look at all the issues from 2021 and check back in Dec vote.

Cheers for now.



Eleanor Collins – Canada’s First Lady of Jazz
series: Black History in Canada

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Eleanor Collings booklet cover Canada Post 2022 Eleanor Collings exploded booklet Canada Post 2022 

Eleanor Collins FDC Canada Post 2022 Eleanor Collins FDC back Canada Post

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, booklet of 6

1st Black artist to host a TV series in in North America. An amazing person. A great Canadian. Her parents were among the original immigrants from Oklahoma who settled in Amber Valley, Alberta Canada Post’s 2021 Black History month issues – Amber Valley | Bitter Grounds Magazine.

Illustrator: David Belliveau
Designer: Paprika Design
Photographers: Franz Linder & Alvin Armstrong from CBC archives

Release date: January 21, 2022


Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Platinum Jubilee Stamp 400P

Queen Platinum Jubilee Booklet Cover CP58177_Jubilee_SilverBK.indd  


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1 stamp, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel, sheets of 16, plate blocks

The Platinum Jubilee stamp features The Queen’s profile, which is based on a sculpture created by Arnold Machin, O.B.E., R.A, who was commissioned to create the image for a new set of definitive stamps. The image became iconic and has been used by the Royal Mail ever since.
Canada Post

Designer: Paprika Design

Release date: February 7, 2022


Calla – Spring Flower

 Calla Lilly Canada Spring 2022

Calla Lily booklet cover Calla Lilly booklet inside 

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2 stamps, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel, souvenir sheet 

Designer: Paprika Design
Illustrator: Fanny Roy

Release date: March 1, 2022


Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness

Organ and tissue cancel Canada 2022


Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Organ and Tissue Donation AwarenessOrgan and Tissue Donation Awareness 

1 stamp in booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

A single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and a tissue donor can help save or improve the lives of up to 75 people. While the majority of Canadians support organ and tissue donation, fewer than one third have registered to do so. Registration usually takes minutes. Visit
New stamp raises awareness of organ and tissue donation | Canada Post (

Artist: Christopher DeLorenzo
Designer: Kristine Do

Release date: April 7, 2022



Eid 2022 Stamp 400P 

Eid 2022 Booklet Eid 2022 Booklet Cover

Eid 2022 OFDC Eid 2022 OFDC Back

 1 stamp in booklet of 6, FDC, cancel

Designer: Soapbox Design
Illustrator: Richard Nalli-Petta;
Illustrator background: Irene Laschi;

Release date: April 12, 2022

Salome Bey – Canada’s First Lady of the Blues

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1019148_Salome_bklt_MR_03.indd Salome Bey Booklet 

Salome Bey OFDC Salome Bey OFDC Back

1 stamp, booklets of 6, FDC, cancel

Multi award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, producer, director, actor and mentor to upcoming artists.  

Illustrator: David Belliveau
Photographer:  Doug Griffin, courtesy of Toronto Star | Getty Images 

Release date: April 22, 2022


Canada’s Endangered Whales


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Endangered Whales Uncut Press Sheet 50P

booklet of 5, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel, uncut press sheets

  • Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) – St. Lawrence Estuary, Cumberland Sound, Ungava Bay
  • Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) – Atlantic and Pacific
  • Killer whale (Orcinus orca) – Southern resident in the Northeast Pacific
  • North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)
  • Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) – Scotian Shelf

Stamps raise awareness about five endangered whale populations – Magazine | Canada Post (

Artist: David Miller
Designer: Soapbox Design

Release date: May 20, 2022



Capex 22 Bluenose special souvenir overprint Capex 22 Calla lillies special souvenir overprint 

CAPEX 2022 Vintage Travel posters sheet

3 souvenir overprint sheets

Two overprint souvenir sheets will be available for this year’s CAPEX 22
The first sheet is from last year’s Bluenose celebration. The second sheet is this year’s Calla sheet. Both were pre-released and available from Canada Post’s online store. Bluenose, 100th Anniversary: Souvenir sheet overprint – Canada Post and  Calla: Souvenir sheet CAPEX 22 overprint – Canada Post. The third sheet is from the June 9 Vintage Travel Posters. 

This will be the 5th international stamp show since 1951, with the last one way back in 1996. The show will run from June 9, 2022 to June 12, 2022 and be accessible to those of us dependent on public transit. It’ll be held downtown Toronto, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is an easy stroll from Union Station Go, train and subway.

The following exhibits will be on display:

  • aerophilately 
  • astrophilately
  • maximaphily
  • modern philately
  • open philately
  • philatelic literature
  • picture postcards
  • postal history
  • postal stationery
  • revenue
  • thematic philately
  • traditional philately
  • youth philately.

I’m making arrangements to go and can’t tell you how good it is to be able to get to a show without a major hassle. If you have mobility issues, the Convention Centre has escalators and elevators to make getting around easier. 

If you are unfamiliar with Toronto, and plan on coming to the show, drop me a line and I’ll talk to you about the easiest route to get there. Toronto can be big, noisy and traffic mad.  Oh and DON’T JAY WALK DOWNTOWN. Unless you want a visit to one of our lovely emergency rooms. And if you are sane DO NOT DRIVE DOWNTOWN. DON’T. Just … don’t.   

Governor Generals Foot Guards
Commemorative envelope

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150th anniversary of the Governor Generals Foot Guard

Governor General’s Foot Guards Regimental Museum |

Release date: June 7, 2022

Vintage Travel Posters

Canada 2022 Vintage travel posters sheet 

Canada 2022 Vintage Travel posters booklet exploded CAPEX 2022 Vintage Travel posters sheet  

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Canada 2022 Vintage travel posters postcard 9 Canada 2022 Vintage travel posters postcard 10 

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5 stamps in a 10 stamp booklet, 1 capex souvenir sheet, 5 pre-stamped postcards

This series features 4 1930s and 1 1950s Canadian Pacific travel poster. These are considered iconic (and are much sought after by collectors) images  from across Canada. To accompany this set, Canada  Post has also issued 5 pre-stamped post cards and a CAPEX 22 overprint. 

The following posters have been reprinted:

  • Travel The Canadian, by Roger Couillard, 1955 – This Vancouver – Toronto/Montréal transcontinental train was the first to feature the famous domed observation trains.
  • Cruise the Great Lakes, after the work of Tom Purvis, circa 1937 – this stamp highlights day trips offered by CP Rail around the Great Lakes in Ontario.
  • The Royal York, by Norman Fraser, circa 1935 – The Royal York Hotel, now called Fairmont Royal York, is one of Toronto’s most visible buildings. Once you get leave Union Station and step out onto the street, the first site is the Royal York. 
  • Mont Tremblant, by Herbert Bayer, 1939 – This ski resort opened in 1939 and has remained a popular destination.
  • Canada’s Picturesque East Coast, by Peter Ewart, circa 1950 – another classic tourist route, this time on Canada’s east coast, travelling along  St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick; Digby, Nova Scotia; and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 

Designer: Paprika

Release date: June 9, 2022

Indigenous Leaders – Harry Daniels, Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier and Jose Kusugak

Daniels.Métis single stamp 

Indigenous Leaders Booklet Daniels Indigenous Leaders Booklet Cover Daniels 

Indigenous Leaders OFDC Daniels Indigenous Leaders OFDC Back Daniels

1 stamp, booklet of 6, FDC, cancel

Métis leader Harry Daniels  (1940-2004). 

Read press releases in Michif 220613-NR-IL-Harry-Daniels-Michif  and 220610-MA-IL-Daniels-Michif (final)

He was a writer, activist and politician who dedicated his life to helping and protecting the rights of the Métis and non-status Indians. 

One of Daniels’ most important contributions was successfully leading an effort to convince the federal government to enshrine the inherent rights of Métis and non-status Indians in the new Constitution. As a result, Métis are included, along with First Nations (named as Indians) and Inuit, as Indigenous (identified as Aboriginal) Peoples in the Constitution Act, 1982.

For Daniels, however, constitutional recognition was just a first step. Since 1867, the federal government had recognized only “status Indians” as being its jurisdictional responsibility. The provincial governments had also not claimed responsibility for Métis and non-status Indians. To this end, in 1999, Daniels and several other plaintiffs launched Daniels v. Canada to determine the federal government’s relationship with the two groups. The case was not decided until 2016, 12 years after Daniels’ death, when the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Court ruling that Métis and non-status Indians are Indians under the British North America Act, 1867, and therefore, come under the federal government’s jurisdiction. Canada Post issues commemorative stamp recognizing Métis leader Harry Daniels | Canada Post (


Indigenous Leaders Booklet Cover Kusugak cancel 

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Indigenous Leaders OFDC Kusugak Indigenous Leaders OFDC Back Kusugak

1 stamp, booklet of 6, FDC, cancel

Inuit leader Jose Kusugak (1950-2011)

Read the press releases in Inuktut 220610-MA-IL-Kusugak-Inuktut and 220614-NR-IL-Jose-Kusugak-Inuktut

 An Inuit activist, linguist and award-winning broadcaster, Kusugak played a critical role in efforts that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999, for which many consider him a Father of Confederation…

In 1971, he joined the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITC), where his natural abilities as a communicator helped in his efforts to disseminate and explain the concept of land claims to Inuit communities. To further spread the land claims message across the Arctic, Kusugak joined CBC North in 1980 as area manager for the Kivalliq region. After 10 years with CBC, he joined the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, introducing new areas of programming in Inuktitut.

From 1994 to 2000, Kusugak was president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. The organization played a pivotal role in negotiating the land claim that created Nunavut, which became a territory on April 1, 1999. Canada Post unveils new stamp honouring Inuit leader Jose Kusugak- | Canada Post (


Indigenous Leaders Booklet Day Walker-Pelletier cancel 

Day Walker single stamp 

Indigenous Leaders Booklet Day Walker-Pelletier Indigenous Leaders Booklet Cover Day Walker-Pelletier 

Indigenous Leaders OFDC Day Walker-Pelletier  Indigenous Leaders OFDC Back Day Walker-Pelletier 

1 stamp, booklet of 6, FDC, cancel

Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan

Read the press releases in Cree 220615-NR-IL-Day-Walker-Pelletier-Cree and 220613-MA-IL-Walker-Cree.

Chief Walker-Pelletier has left huge mark on the indigenous communities across Canada.  She worked tirelessly for social reform and fostering healing within First Nations communities across the country. She also championed indigenous rights, which included the right to celebrate their own cultures and languages.  Even in retirement Walker-Pelletier continues to work towards healing the generational trauma indigenous communities are dealing with.

Throughout her leadership, she fought to improve the quality of life of the Okanese and to protect the culture, rights and traditions of all First Nations people through her involvement in numerous tribal, provincial and national initiatives on social reform, health and wellness, and education. She was an advocate of many important issues including violence against women, drug abuse, economic development, housing, health and education.

A survivor of the residential school system, Day Walker-Pelletier was particularly passionate about improving the lives of women and children. In 2021, a year after she retired, her decade-long dream to reintegrate Indigenous foster children into their families culminated in the opening of the Daywalker Home Fire Family Centre. 
New stamp commemorates extraordinary leadership of Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier | Canada Post (


Indigenous Leaders Souvenir Sheet

1 souvenir sheet

Designer: Lime Design 

Release date: June 21, 2022 – National Indigenous Peoples Day


Help for Ukraine
semi postal charity stamp

Help for Ukraine single stamp from Canada Post

Help for Ukraine FDC from Canada post

1 stamp in booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

A donation of $1 from each booklet of 10 stamps (and 10 cents from the Official First Day Cover, a special collectible envelope) will provide essential aid – and hope – to those affected by the situation. Funds raised through the purchase of this stamp will be distributed through the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. This is the first time that Canada Post has issued a stamp in support of a country in need of humanitarian assistance. Canada Post May 19, 2022

Designer & photographer: Isabelle Toussaint Design This photograph and design was originally used in the 2011 February Sunflower issue. It has been repurposed for this special semi-postal. Previous designs also include the 2014 Empress of Ireland and Roses, 2013 Magnolias
Booklet & FDC designer: Hélène L’Heureux
Among L’Heureux’s numerous designs for Canada Post are the 2007 Lunar New Year Rooster, 2005 Art Canada: Homer Watson, 1855–1936, 2008 Yousuf Karsh set. 

Release date: July 8, 2022

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  1. By now Dec 6, 2021, do we know for sure that there will be no Canadian postage stamp issued for Lunar New Year Feb 2022, the year of the tiger. We need a metaphorical tiger’s roar against, to frighten off and quell down the Covid virus and all its variants.

    • No Lunar New Year stamp was planned for the upcoming year. Canada Post wrapped up their 12 year cycle in January. I’m disappointed. Unless they surprise us, as they have 2x this year, there won’t be any tigers in Canada’s future. And if we ever needed a tiger, it’s now. I’m with you!

  2. We need the year of the tiger 2022 stamp

    • I know! How could Canada Post do this to us?


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