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.”