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Inter-provincial vs. Intra-provincial Moving

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Are you wondering what is the difference between Inter-Provincial and Intra-provincial moving? For example, moving within BC is an Intra-provincial move, or within province moving. However, Inter-provincial moving is between provinces, for example, BC and ON.

Knowing your rights and being fully educated on your move are essential to having a successful move. Most people today are unfamiliar with proper moving terminology and processes. This lack of knowledge could potentially cost them more money and stress than they could even imagine. Understanding what type of move you will be performing is step #1 in starting your move on the right path.

In the process of searching for a moving company, you are often asked if you are moving interprovincial or intraprovincial, but knowing the difference between the 2 could be tricky. The benefit of being educated on this topic when it comes to your move is that you are better protected against possible scams, and more importantly, you’ll know your rights during your move. Knowing what type of move you are performing accompanied by the laws and regulations can save you time, energy, and money. If you are not sure between the two types of moves, we’ve broken them both down for you.

What is an Interprovincial Move?

When you are performing an interprovincial move, you are essentially moving or transporting goods in and out of provincial lines, including international moves.

Interprovincial moves are not governed by the Government of Canada. It is considered an interprovincial move if it involves a long-distance moving company crossing a provincial line at any point during the move. Even if the actual moving truck or van doesn’t cross provincial lines (i.e. your goods are moved via train), it is still considered an interprovincial move if your goods cross provincial lines. Something else to consider is that Long Distance (inter-provincial) moves often cost more than Local moves.

Here is an infographic that illustrates the 4 main ways your move could be considered “Interprovincial”.

What is an Intra provincial Move?

Intra-provincial moves consist of movers completing a move without crossing the border of another province.

Intra provincial or local movers are not regulated by the Government of Canada. Rules that apply to interprovincial moves are completely different from intraprovincial. Moving within a province means that you will have to understand the terms and conditions of moving as they change based on the province you reside in. Rules and regulations are outlined by the individual provinces and should be researched properly. A Local (Intra provincial) move also typically costs less than a Long Distance move.

Although you may be completing an intraprovincial move, moving companies can charge a long-distance fee. Before choosing a licensed mover, make sure you aren’t hit with fees you weren’t made aware of. Understand your rights and verify licensing with each moving company before choosing. For more information on provincial guidelines, contact your provincial agency.