Fort Mac mail going up in price

Josh Pennell
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Canada Post to add $5 surcharge

The mail traffic from Newfoundland and Labrador to Fort McMurray must be something to behold given the number of people from this province who have made the migration there for employment.

And starting Monday, every package sent to Fort McMurray will cost a little more. Five dollars more.

It’s not just packages sent from this province, but those from anywhere in Canada heading to a Fort McMurray destination that will have the surcharge attached.

Nancy Garland, who lives in B.C., found this out when she went to send a package to her son who lives there — something she says she does every month.

Garland has ties to Newfoundland and as soon as she heard of the tax, she thought of this province first because of the number of people from here living in Fort McMurray.

“Arbitrarily, it’s a tax on Newfoundlanders,” she said.

Anick Losier, media relations with Canada Post, says the $5 surcharge is being brought in because of the operating costs of doing business in Fort McMurray. It’s isolated, has a hot economy and a lot of mail moves through there. She says there’s no other location in Canada where there is such a surcharge and it reflects the unique circumstances surrounding the Fort McMurray phenomenon.

Losier also says it was brought in out of necessity to cover the cost of doing mail business in that place. But she adds it’s not unusual for other delivery companies do something similar, and Canada Post still remains the most competitive, even with the surcharge.

Numbers provided by Losier for a five-kilogram regular parcel from St. John’s to Fort McMurray support this.

• Canada Post: $24.78 + $5 surcharge: $29.78;

• Fedex: $21.60 + $6 surchage + $2.75 residential surcharge: $30.35;

• UPS: $51.45 + 2.75 residential surcharge: $54.20;

• Purolator: $44.95 + 9.00 surcharge: $53.95.

Garland says her days of mailing to Fort McMurray through Canada Post are over, regardless.

“I told them they wouldn’t be seeing me again. I’d be using Greyhound.”

Organizations: Canada Post, UPS

Geographic location: Fort McMurray, Canada, Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Mango
    January 13, 2014 - 14:48

    If you have access to and know how to use the Internet, you can get significantly cheaper courier rates by using eShipper: From: A1B3A3 To: T9H5C5 Weight: 11 lb Pieces: 1 UPS Standard $18.05 (8 bus. days) Purolator Ground: $36.86 (7 bus. days) UPS Saver: $39.97 (2 bus. days) (I believe T9H5C5 is not residential, so add $2.75 where appropriate.) Anyone with a credit card can sign up for an account. No fees unless you use it. Canada Post VentureOne rates, for comparison: Regular Parcel $30.51 (10 bus. days, not guaranteed) Expedited Parcel $30.51 (8 bus. days) Xpresspost $71.03 (3 bus. days) Priority $92.39 (2 bus. days)

  • david
    January 10, 2014 - 10:29

    I'm shocked! What's with all the complaints? After all the supportive posts I've read for maintaining and protecting Canada Post as a fantastic and essential service, seems like some Newfies are now getting tight with the wallets....ohhhh. but now it's THEIR money, and not the generic Canadian taxpayer" who has to shell out more on their behalf. That ALWAYS puts things in a much different light doesn't it?! Hypocrites, leeches and fools.

  • Harold
    January 10, 2014 - 08:49

    I sent many packages to Fort Mcmurray from Newfoundland and I always paid a surcharge now Im gonna pay another $5.00 on top of that?? unbelievable.. Newfoundland has 4 conservative senators in Ottawa, I want to hear from them. it seems they don't answer e-mails.

  • Jack
    January 10, 2014 - 06:22

    Anick Losier and Canada Post must be geographically challenged. Since Fort McMurray has highway and air traffic connections, the Northern Alberta city is not isolated. Perhaps now is the time for Anick Losier to go back to school, and don't return to Canada Post until she passes her Geography courses. Secondly, since many individuals in Fort McMurray are Newfoundlanders, Canada Post, no more discriminating against them.

  • Ken Collis
    January 10, 2014 - 06:11

    The difference is Fed Ex will get your parcel there in four days, Canada Post will get it there in four weeks.