Payments and Refunds FAQ
The easiest way to pay is with a credit card. You can also pay with your credit card if we email you an invoice through Quickbooks. Paying by credit allows you to earn points from your bank on purchases, and speeds up the refund process if items become unavailable.
If you cannot pay for your order using a credit card, you can send an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are set up for autodeposit. The Payee will show up as MACKINNON'S GROUP INC. However, if you need to make a secret question, please send us the answer via email@example.com. We do not accept cash. A final payment option, if purchasing for a business or agency, is to use EFT or Cheque (OAC).
Yes, these payment methods should work.
We cannot begin an order until payment has been received. Your order is not placed in the fulfillment queue until we receive payment, so it is wise to pay using a credit card or to send your e-transfer immediately after placing your order.
If you a rotational employee, choose Canadian North Transient as your shipping community – NOT Iqaluit. Proceed with your online shopping and at checkout choose Charge to Account and add your employee number to the delivery address. Transient employee shipments are charged to Canadian North Cargo and do not qualify for the Nutrition North Canada Subsidy.
If you are a regular airline employee, please choose your actual community and proceed with your online shopping. At checkout Choose Charge to Account and add your employee number to the delivery address. Wait for one of our agents to email you a revised total before sending an e-transfer or completing payment with a credit card.
If an item is unavailable at the time of packing the order, your item will be refunded to you. Refunds can take 2-5 business days to show back on your card. Items may be unavailable due to stock,quality, or other uncontrollable issues.
If you paid using a credit card, we will refund within 24 hours of fulfilling the order. Please allow a few business days for the funds to return to your card. If you paid using e-transfer, we send out refund transfers each Friday.
To use a gift card, use the gift card code the purchaser received via email. The code must be entered into the Discount Code Field at checkout on our website.
This usually occurs when the postal code used in the billing address in your online store account profile does not match with the postal code in the shipping address or the postal code that was used when your credit card was first activated. Please make sure that your billing address in your online store account profile is the same as the address where your credit card is registered.
If an order is unsuccessful due to card failure, the charge will show up as “pending” or “authorized” on your credit card statement. Please allow at least 24-48 hours for the pending charge to disappear.
If an order is successful, the pending charge will then change to “posted” on your credit card statement as the charge has been processed.
Subscription Savings is thenorthernshopper.com’s service that allows you to receive automatic deliveries for items you use frequently. So if you’re a new parent and need an endless supply of diapers, then Subscription Savings is perfect for you. You’ll never have to worry about remembering to buy those everyday essentials including food, and you’ll always save an additional 5% on Subscribed items.
Plus, there is no annual fee, and you can cancel at any time.
To sign up, simply select the “Subscribe to Save” option on any eligible product page and choose your delivery frequency. Once you place your order, you’re signed up for Subscribe to Save. Easy!
To add an item for Subscribe to Save, simply follow these easy steps while you shop:
· Look for eligible items marked as “Subscribe to Save”.
· Select the “Subscribe to Save” option on any eligible product page.
· Choose your delivery frequency.
· Once you place your order, you’re signed up and subscribed to that item.
Ordering Process FAQ
The time between when you place your order on thenorthernshopper.com and when you receive your purchase is broken up into two phases: processing and shipping.
Processing is when we verify the details of your billing information and prepare your item for shipping in our warehouse(packaging, labelling, and deep freezing when necessary)
Shipping is when the shipment has left our warehouse and has been tendered to Canadian North Cargo Ottawa. Shipping times can vary based on proximity to a freighter day, weather events, and other variables outside of Northern Shopper’s control.
Your order begins processing immediately after you click “Place order”. There is a limited time after you submit your order when it may be possible to change your shipping address, shipping method or payment method, but once the order moves into the shipping process it cannot be changed.
To request a modification after you have submitted your order, please contact us with your order number for quick resolution.
We fulfill orders Monday to Friday (business days). We deliver to the airport in Ottawa from Monday to Saturday. An average order will be filled within 1-2 business days of receiving it.
There is a minimum order value of $99.
Yes, there is an order minimum shipping weight requirement to be met. Please see the table below for details:
|Community||Minimum Weight Per Order|
|Kinngait (Cape Dorset)||6.42kg|
|Sanirajak (Hall Beach)||5.24kg|
|Canadian North Transient||N/A|
|Kenn Borek Ai||N/A|
If you are a rotational employee, choose Canadian North Transient as your shipping community – NOT Iqaluit. Proceed with your online shopping and at checkout choose Charge to Account and add your employee number to the delivery address. Transient employee shipments do not qualify for the Nutrition North Canada Subsidy.
If you are a regular airline employee, please choose your actual community and proceed with your online shopping. At checkout Choose Charge to Account and add your employee number to the delivery address. Wait for one of our agents to email you revised total before sending an e-transfer or completing payment with a credit card. Regular Airline employees are eligible for the Nutrition North Canada Subsidy, and the cost of freight will also be removed from your order.
Creating an account makes it simple to shop at thenorthernshopper.com. With an account, you can track your order online, create a subscription for commonly used items, you can save your address and credit card for faster checkouts, and you can manage your subscription to our newsletter. Accounts are easy to create, easy to manage, and certainly helpful if you are a regular customer.
Yes, we are here to help our customers have access to products we currently do not have on our website. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to add those items to our website.
Note, if we have a similar item, we may not be able to carry a duplicate product that is differentiated by brand, but we may consider changing brands for you.
Once at checkout, you will see an option of allowing substitutes if an item is unavailable. If the item requested is not available, depending on your choice of allowing subs or not, we will add a substitute of equal or higher value, or we will refund you for the items. If any details about subs need to be made aware to our team, you can add in the notes section of your order at checkout.
Please let us know if you are not satisfied with your order. We can either credit, refund, or reship, depending on the issue. If the product has spoiled during transit, please take pictures and send the details to email@example.com. We guarantee all our products for quality and freshness and will work put a smile back on that face of yours.
If an item is not as advertised, defective, damaged, or expired, we will provide a credit or refund.
We cannot provide a credit or refund for items that a customer changes their mind about or if the item was a custom request without pictures or other key specifics.
We do not wish to accept deliveries or grocery pick-up orders from Third-Party services. This is to respect our COVID-related policies and practices, and so that we can effectively administer the Nutrition North Canada program for fresh food. If there is an item you are looking for that you cannot find on our website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can add it to the website for you permanently.
We understand that food security also pertains to accessing culturally specific foods. With this in mind, we do continue to accept food deliveries from stores specializing in international ingredients that we do not already carry. For example, African Queen, T&T Supermarket, Pilipino, European, and other international grocery stores. These deliveries are not subsidized but you will be able to access discounted freight rates. Additional repackaging fees may also apply.
For non-food items, we offer freight-forwarding, pickup, purchasing and receiving services. Contact Jennifer@thenorthernshopper.com for more information. For example, furniture, appliances, textiles, machinery and electronics, sports equipment, alcohol with permit, and house plants, to name a few things.
Shipping and Tracking FAQ
We deliver to Ottawa Cargo 5 days a week, Monday to Friday.
After your order is shopped and packed a member of our team will email you with an Air Waybill Number. Visit https://canadiannorth.com/cargo/track-and-trace/ and enter your 8-digit Air Waybill Number (do not enter the 518- prefix) please allow up to 24 hours after delivery to Ottawa Cargo for the Air Waybill number to be activated by Canadian North Cargo.
All shipping fees are included in the price of the products found on www.thenorthernshopper.com. The Nutrition North Canada Subsidy is also applied to all eligible products shipping to Nunavut. On your final invoice you will see a "Cost Breakdown" with shipping and taxes. These amounts are not in addition to the product prices seen above, it is just a breakdown to show you, Nutrition North Canada, and Canada Revenue agency how much shipping and subsidy make up the cost of the products you purchased.
Yes! This service is only available in Iqaluit. At checkout, include your full home address under your shipping address. Select "Home Delivery (Iqaluit Only)" as your preferred shipping method. Once your order has arrived in Iqaluit, we will reach out to arrange a delivery time that best suits you.
Once you receive a tracking number, it should take 1 to 4 days for cooler to arrive in Iqaluit, and 1 to 7 days for freezer and dry to arrive in Iqaluit. Please allow additional time for communities beyond Iqaluit.
You may go to Canadian North Cargo once you have been notified by phone that your order is ready for pickup. If you have not received a call but the tracker at https://canadiannorth.com/cargo/track-and-trace/ shows that your order has shipped please allow 24 hours before contacting cargo.
Cooler products have priority over all other items, so it is not uncommon for your cooler and frozen to ship separately. Continue to track your order to keep updated on when your frozen goods ship. The shipping speed hierarchy is as follows, from fastest to slowest: Mail, Guaranteed Merchandise, Cooler, Freezer, Dry Food, General Merchandise.
If you notice your food or merchandise is damaged while you are still at the cargo facility, request a Cargo Loss and Damage Claim and complete the claim, then have an agent acknowledge the damages by signing the claim, then forward the claim to us for reimbursement.
If you notice your food or merchandise is damaged only once you get home, take a bunch of pictures of the damages and email email@example.com to begin the claim process.
If you determine that Canadian North Cargo has lost your order in transit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so that we can step in on your behalf to correct the issue.
If you are having issues tracking your order or preparing a cargo loss and damage claim, please contact our team at email@example.com or call 613-224-1549 between Monday and Friday, 9am to 4pm (we are closed for all Stat holidays)
General Cargo and Merchandise FAQ
Yes, we offer a popular freight forwarding service to help you gain access to more companies from Southern Canada. Additionally, we can pickup online/telephone orders on your behalf, or complete purchases on your behalf. We can even help you find an item that you cannot find on your own.
Ship to the following address:
Your full name c/o Northern Shopper
46Antares Drive, Unit 1
**Please note, our receiving hours are 9-4 Monday-Friday**
Then, send a copy of your order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is very important that your name shows up on the package or else we will not know who it is for. If your order is coming from the USA or another country, you may be required to pay additional customs duties. We do not pay customs duties on your behalf unless we purchased the item on your behalf.
There is a minimum receiving charge of $12 up to 18kg, plus the cost of freight (see rates below). Above 18kg, the minimum receiving charge is waived and you will be charged the following freight costs only
Community rates are as follows:
|OTTAWA||IQALUIT||$4.15 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||ARCTIC BAY||$12.66 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||CLYDE RIVER||$9.09+ GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||IGLOOLIK||$9.32 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||POND INLET||$9.15 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||KIMMIRUT||$6.82 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||RESOLUTE BAY||$14.11 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||KINNGAIT||$8.86 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||SANIRAJAK||$9.32 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||QIKIQTARJUAK||$9.49 + GST / KG|
|OTTAWA||PANGNIRTUNG||$8.03 + GST / KG|
|IQALUIT-SOUTH BOUND||OTTAWA||$4.39 + GST / KG ($39 MIN)|
All minimum receiving charges are waived for approved commercial clients.
Additional re-packing or inspection fees may apply.
Yes, we can help you ship Dangerous Goods. We do not process these shipments in house, but we do all the logistics to make sure the goods are safe for air transport. The costs can be prohibitive, please contact us before making a purchase of a Dangerous Good to be transported by air so that you can see if the price of Dangerous Goods processing is worth it.
Lithium-Ion batteries are subject to Dangerous Goods processing fees (For example, laptops, cell phones, remote control toys, cordless power tools, cordless appliances, etc). Other items may also be dangerous goods (For example, soda stream charges, most paints and stains, propane, other compressed gases such as air fresheners and cooking spray, some automobile parts such as shocks and batteries, some adhesives, all motorized vehicles, all engine-powered tools such as generators and pressure washers, ammunitions)
We can source, purchase/pickup, inspect and repackage any item from any store in Canada for a reasonable price. Please contact email@example.com for an estimate or quote (quotes can only be offered with exact details given).
We do ship IKEA Orders. We can receive your order at our warehouse, pickup your Click and Collect order, or purchase your items on your behalf. Learn more about IKEA orders here.
If you are having issues placing your General Merchandise order, please contact our Expediting Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-224-1549 between Monday and Friday, 9am to 4pm (we are closed for all Stat holidays)