Canada Post needs to make changes and support small businesses from closing!

Canada Post needs to make changes and support small businesses from closing!

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I am a mother of four and a Mompreneur. I own a  small, two year old growing Canadian company that designs and manufactures safe, organic and eco-friendly baby products. I import overseas and export to bring business to Canada and other countries.  My mission is to provide safer, non toxic, baby products worldwide which is greatly needed for babies and our planet.  I have invested everything I have into this business and it means everything to me. In order to financially survive with online orders, I am forced to sell outside of Canada. Why is this? 
Because Canada Postal services makes it impossible for Canadian businesses to use their shipping services due to their exorbitant rates. 

Let me give you an example. Our products are small and very light with an average cost between $14.00 and $19.00 per unit and they fit easily into a 5x7 envelope but because it is 2-3 inches thick in some areas, and not a document, it cannot fall under regular Canada postage.  As a result, it costs my business a whopping $15-17.00 to send a $14.00 product and this does not make any economical sense, so I’m forced to sell outside of Canada. This saddens me as I am a proud Canadian. So my source of income mainly comes from the USA.

However,  to add further injury, the new 25% overseas import tax implemented by Donald Trump makes it virtually impossible for our company to now sell in the USA as well.  What am I to do?

COVID-19 has negatively impacted the world and many small businesses will be forced to shut down.  Our only hope is online sales to keep us a float. It is predicted that over 50% of small businesses will close forever over the next few months.  That is heartbreaking as I know those businesses are just like me. A large percentage will not be able to rely upon our own Canada Postal services to ship products due to outrageous inflated postal rates for small products.  

I would like to know why Canada Post, a company that makes over 10 billion annually, does not provide realistic shipping rates to support small Canadian businesses. If they did, every Canadian business would use their mailing/shipping services. This would be a win-win situation. 

Small businesses should be able to use standard mail size envelopes ($1.90 base cost) to ship products if they fit the mailer dimensions because the work involved for Canada Post is the same.  I would like to see the mail depth restriction expanded to allow for an array of package sizes and shapes that fall under the standard mailing dimensions be put in place. No need for any extra expense to do so for Canada Post. Us small businesses just drop our shipments off at the closet depot location which has an outside drop off box. 

It is my belief that it should not cost more than $1.90-$5.99 to ship a lightweight product within Canada that fall under the standard mailer sizes currently in place. Being said, I am urging Canada Post to vary the depth restriction and documents restriction to allow small businesses to ship non-perishable items. 

If Canada Postal Services won’t change the above mentioned provisions then please review the small business discount rate. I am also urging that Canada Post gives small businesses at least a 40-50% discount, not 5%. That would mean the $17.00 shipment charge would be approximately $9.00. That makes economic sense and would allow small businesses to operate online orders and shipments to customers. 

Please join me and the hundreds of thousands of other small business owners, entrepreneurs and mompreneurs to make this change.  It is my hope that our country comes together through this crisis and implement positive changes now and for our future. 

Thank you. Please share with as many Canadians as we need to implement this vitally important change.

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