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"Hi Sandra,

I enjoyed the WAH training, despite the general feeling that some people thought it wasn't entirely applicable to our industry. Having an arborist deliver the course was great. I feel an instructor without industry experience would leave us with questions of applicability rather than offering suggestions of how WAH relates to what we do.

The instructor was also effective at explaining the material and seemed to be very familiar with the subject in general."

Kind regards,

Riley Brown
Elite Tree Care Inc.

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5 Reasons Why  You Should Buy from a Canadian Retailer

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Look beyond the price tag, and you’ll soon discover you’re paying more when you buy products from a company outside of Canada. 

Canadian consumers have complained about the retail price gap between products and services sold in Canada versus the U.S. for so long it’s almost a national sport. 

Canada has benefited tremendously from its decades-old free-trade agreement with the U.S. Why wouldn’t one of those benefits include equitable price stickers for consumers? Unfortunately, weighing retail prices stateside and here is not an apples-to-apples comparison. 

The discrepancies between Canadian and American retail price tags persist because of factors beyond Canuck retailers’ control, like fluctuations in the Canadian-U.S. dollar exchange rate, and the cost for Canadian merchants to purchase and export inventory stateside in greenbacks. 

Why Buying Canadian Is Important

Here are five great reasons for you to buy your specialized tools, instruments, and safety gear from a Canadian company: 

  • We employ Canadians. When you make purchases through a Canadian retailer, you’re keeping hard-working Canadians employed who can, in turn, contribute to our economy. Plus, when Canadian businesses are successful, they give back to their communities by supporting local charities, cultural associations, local amateur sports teams, and other civic-sponsored events. 
  • Purchasing goods in Canada strengthens our economy. Each time you purchase a Canadian made product or any product through a Canadian retailer, you’re helping to strengthen the Canadian economy, and it creates a ripple effect that touches other Canadian businesses. Moreover, your purchase contributes to our national tax base to help pay for healthcare, education, and more. 
  • Easy returns at no additional cost. If you buy a product and then determine it’s not what you wanted, you’ll want to exchange it or return it for a refund. That’s not easy when you’re dealing with a retailer located outside of Canada. If you need to return your purchase, you will have to cover the cost of shipping and other fees to return it to that international retailer. Also, if you make a purchase in U.S. dollars using your Canadian credit card, your credit card company will charge you a currency conversion fee that can range anywhere from 2.5 per cent to 4 per cent on the value of that purchase. 
  • You don’t pay high cross-border shipping costs. The convenience of online shopping is crystal clear, but the prohibitive cost of shipping that product to your front door from outside of Canada is not. The fact is, when you purchase a product from a Canadian retailer online, your shipping costs are lower than having the product imported, and it will arrive at your door sooner. If you make the same purchase in-person at a retail location, there is no additional shipping cost levied against you because you’re already paying for it in the sticker price. Furthermore, when retailers purchase inventory, they do so in bulk quantities, which reduces the cost of shipping. 
  • It’s an environmentally friendly act. Think about it: if you purchase a product online from a company in Europe, Asia, or the U.S., it has a long way to travel to get to you in Canada. That means a lot of fossil fuel will be burned transporting that product to you from abroad. Purchasing products at home equals a smaller carbon footprint by comparison because there’s far less transportation involved. 

For more than 45 years, Universal Field Supplies has been the Canadian equipment supplier professionals working in the arboriculture, forestry, mineral exploration, and environmental science industries trust. Have a question about the gear you need? Call our expert staff toll-free at 1-800-387-4940.



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Here's what one attendee had to say about our most recent Working At Heights Training:

"I had a great time at the course. The instructor was excellent. It really makes a big difference having an arborist teach the course so we can better relate to him. I look forward to taking other courses, keep me on the mailing list!"

Trevor Ash, Ash Urban Forestry & Landscape Construction

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What Our Customers Say About UFS Academy

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We recently hosted our first MOL Compliant and Arborist Exclusive Working at Heights Training Course, in which our participants earned 8 CEU's. Here's what one customer had to say about it. 

Ernesto, Mike, and all the gang:

I am just dropping you a line to express my pleasure in taking the working at heights training yesterday with 3 of my crew members. We are required to have this training by some of our commercial customers and I was hesitating to see if we were going to get Arborist specific training created prior to sending anyone for the course.

It does not appear there will be any Arborist specific training for some time yet, so we committed to the training now. I was surprised how much material I was not aware of when working on construction sites as well as flat roof on industrial sites. I have often worked on individual house reno's or build sites where we have clearly not been protected by our client's. Simple lesson that everyone knows is just don't trust anyone to know how to do their own compliance. I will try to never make this mistake again.

In speaking with all of our crew members that attended we agreed that having the course delivered by someone with an Arboricultural background, as well as there being other Arborists in attendance, was a great asset when managing our time spent on items that are relevant to us while still finding our short falls and adapting where needed.

I would strongly recommend this course be taken though Universal Field Supplies rather than a non-Arboricultural body, I am a strong believer if I am going to spend money on a course I want to get my money's worth. Having sent 4 people total I feel it was a value for our staff.

Thanks again and keep up the good work.



Mike Watson
Owner of Kelly's Tree Care

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On Friday September 12th, we hosted the first ever OTCC Hospitality Night. The event took place at the Midtown Tavern in St. Thomas, from 6-9pm. We had a great time meeting registered climbers, volunteers, judges, and committee members who were a part of the event.

The great food, live music, and door prizes were all excellent! However, what made the event successful were the people involved. A sincere thank you to everyone who made it out to the event. To keep up-to-date on where we'll be next, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Things to keep in mind when you buy from U.S. retailers online  

Shopping for the best price is a natural part of being a customer. Everyone wants to find the best value for their money. When browsing our website, you may notice that some of our prices are higher than those of our American competitors. You may wonder, "Why should I buy my arborist supplies from you? Can't I buy my gear from them and get the same product for less money?" 

When you buy arborist supplies or equipment from a US retailer online, there is a chance you won’t know the full cost until well after the product arrives at your door. Sometimes, it can take up to two to three weeks from the time you receive the product until you get the full invoice! Also, you may have to pay added brokerage fees, duties, and taxes.  

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To explain, let's use an example. This is John. He is an arborist in Ottawa, Ontario, and he is looking for a tree climbing saddle. After doing his research and settling on one, he finds that we are selling the one he needs for $459.00. He also finds an online retailer in the US is selling the same product for $399. He then creates this table to compare the two options.


US Retailer

Universal Field Supplies

Original cost of item

$399 USD

$459 Canadian


$27.21 USD

$25.00 Canadian

Brokerage fee

$48.66 USD


Conversion between USD and CAD needed?



Total before conversion

$474.87 USD

$484.00 Canadian

Conversion fee charged by credit card company for currency conversion (2.5%)

$13.26 Canadian


Taxes (HST)

$70.67 Canadian

$62.92 Canadian


$614.21 Canadian

$546.92 Canadian

Although the list price of the saddle is lower on the US retailer's site, hidden fees may contribute to John's total cost. Even after it leaves the seller, the Canadian government can apply taxes before the package ever gets to John's house! These costs are out of the vendor's control, but must be paid by John if he wishes to receive his gear. Talk about a headache!

If you buy arborist tools or supplies from us, you can be confident there are no hidden fees. What you see on the final checkout page is what you pay, in Canadian Dollars.

Arborist supplies - beyond the price

Besides the price, there are other benefits to buying from Universal Field Supplies instead of a US retailer. Let’s go back to our example. John isn’t happy with his saddle because he accidentally bought the wrong size. It fits him, but the saddle just isn't comfortable. If he were to buy his arborist gear from us, he could get in contact with us. It is as simple as an email, a phone call, or a visit to our store in person.  We have industry experts on staff that can help you resolve many product related issues, as well as make recommendations.

If John were to buy from a U.S. retailer, his experience might be different. To ship the saddle back to the U.S., he would have to pay freight and customs broker fees for his package to pass customs. It might also take a long time for returned US products to come back to Canada. This means John is without his saddle for a longer period. This could present a problem if he needed his tree climbing gear for a job and doesn't have a backup! 

At Universal Field Supplies, customer service is our focus. We give our customers a personal approach and professional advice. That is something you won't find just anywhere online.