Welcome to Tippet-Richardson Limited

Tippet-Richardson Limited is committed passionately to providing the highest quality relocation to our clients by providing people, trucks and warehouses that exceed expectations. Our goal is to have loyal customers, a growing healthy business and satisfied, productive employees. We support the communities in which we live and work, sharing our talents and time to contribute and assist whenever possible.

Tippet-Richardson was founded in 1927 by Basil Tippet and C.A. Richardson.  Their primary goal was to provide quality residential, commercial, and speciality relocation services in Toronto. We proudly continue that tradition today.  We are Canada’s oldest and most established privately owned, non-franchised moving and storage company.

Whether you’re moving into a new house or condo, our movers will make things easy for you and your family. We also offer our clients full/partial packing storage options, as well as, International Relocation Services.

We started as a small company, with only a rented-warehouse and one van, but have since grown to be one of the largest moving companies in Canada. Today, we have 400 staff across the country and branches in London, Kitchener, Ottawa and Montreal. From our Toronto offices, which are home to 160 employees, we can serve people across the GTA, including Pickering, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Burlington, and anywhere in between.

Our sustained growth over the past 85 years is supported by excellence in the industry of professional relocation. Our movers are trained professionals who care about the people, families, and businesses they are helping move, whether to a new home down the street or around the world.

Tippet-Richardson Limited, The Friendly Movers since 1927.

We are a customer-centered company. Our many decades of experience have created superior standards for our van foreman, helpers, packers, sales and office personnel. From our first days as a small business in Toronto, our movers have strived to provide you with professional moving help and superior customer service. That’s why we’ve been known as the Friendly Movers since 1927.

Our 85-year history

Tippet-Richardson Limited has been a part of Canadian history in Southern Ontario since 1927. The company began its work with a van and a rented warehouse in Toronto. At the time, there were no national highways that connected Ontario to Western Canada. So, in order to provide their clients with quality residential and commercial relocation, Tippet-Richardson movers often found themselves driving back and forth through the United States.

The business quickly took off and, by 1929, had become the Canadian agent of Allied Vans Lines Limited (Canada). This relationship allowed us to expand our client base to several American states.

In 1934, the founding partners went their own ways. Basil Tippet acquired his partner’s share of the company. It was the beginning of a new and exciting time for the moving company. In 1947, the TransCanada Highway was opened and Tippet-Richardson movers were amongst the first to brave the new more direct routes to Western Canada. Long-distance moving was one of our special strengths until the 1970s.

The company’s growth continued in the 1950s as branches were established in Hamilton, Ottawa, Stratford, and Waterloo, Ontario. In the 1970s, Tippet-Richardson acquired Anderson Van & Storage in London, Ontario and King Moving & Storage in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta. In the 1980s, the company expanded to include business records, special products and overseas relocations services. We opened an office in San Jose, California and T-R, Inc. was formed. In 1987, we purchased one of Canada’s oldest moving companies, Windsor Truck & Storage Company (1880).

In 2001, Tippet-Richardson opened a branch in Montreal, Quebec and acquired another historic Toronto-based company, Fisher Express Lines (1871). In 2006, John Novak purchased the company and changed the company name to Tippet-Richardson Limited.

We are a family-built business with sustained growth, based on a high level of customer satisfaction. We have a team of friendly, professional and productive employees. We support and participate in the communities in which we live and work. At Tippet-Richardson Limited, your trust is placed in experience and dedication cultivated in a proud shared history in Canada.

Residential Relocation

Whether you’re moving into a new house or condo, our movers will make things easy for you and your family. With a specially outfitted fleet of trucks and professionally trained and unformed staff, Tippet-Richardson Limited movers are equipped to help you and your family move locally as well as longer distances.

We’re the best residential moving company in Canada

  1. Guaranteed Pricing with No Hidden Fees: We offer our clients peace of mind by offering accurate and guaranteed cost estimates. Our Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) certified moving consultant performs free in-home estimates by creating a list of your contents and pricing accordingly. We proceed only with your approval. Our moving estimates are clear with no hidden costs.
  2. Highly trained professional movers: We perform security and background checks on our movers. We only use company employees, rather than subcontractors. We make sure that our movers are professionally trained to handle your valuables.
  3. Uniforms: You’ll recognize Tippet-Richardson Limited moving teams by their company uniforms. Our team members wear them with pride.
  4. Well-maintained Equipment: Tippet-Richardson Limited’s fleet of trucks are designed for residential moving. They are equipped with quilted furniture pads, 2 and 4 wheel dollies and appliance carts. Our trucks are equipped with ramps, logistical tracking and straps for added security. We know where your valuable possessions are at all times because our drivers are connected to their dispatch and office via cell phone and a Blackberry.
  5. Protecting your home: Every Tippet-Richardson moving crew will use rubber-backed floor runners and Masonite sheeting when required. We also make sure to protect banisters, door jams and other exposed areas in your house. Our movers will handle your valuables with care.
  6. Customer Service: We care about providing excellent customer service. Every branch of Tippet-Richardson has a customer service specialist dedicated to making your move a great experience. We are known for our quality professional white glove moving service! Trust our 85 years of experience and hard work.

Commercial Relocation Services

Tippet-Richardson Limited has successfully completed office relocations for small start-ups, as well as, major legal firms.

Commercial Moving Services:

  • Moving of contents, furniture and office equipment
  • Systems furniture dismantle, reconfigure and reassembly
  • Computer disconnect and reconnect with the guidance of certified IT specialists
  • Labelling and tagging
  • Disposal of unwanted equipment or furniture (E-waste)

We are the only major mover to own 30,000 one-piece moving bins for safe and rapid movement of files and office equipment. Our bins eliminate the need for labour-intensive packing, moving, and unpacking. Like our residential services, Tippet-Richardson Limited office movers will use specialized equipment to make the experience seamless.

We work with your company to develop a plan, budget and timeline for your move. Our Project Management Team is involved in every step of the process to ensure we meet all of your office relocation needs. Once you’re moved into your new office, our movers will ensure that your company is unpacked and plugged in so you can get back to work.

Specialty Relocation Services

Tippet-Richardson Limited is also distinguished in moving fine arts and trusted by galleries, museums and private collectors. Our Fine Art Division is trained to handle, package, crate and store fine art, antiques, wine collections and priceless treasures. Major museums in Toronto trust our movers above all others to relocate their collections.

Librarians also trust Tippet-Richardson because we have the specialized equipment and training to move bookshelves and racking with great efficiency. Our protective packing materials and techniques will protect your cherished volumes for the move whether locally or for international shipment.

Our Healthcare Relocation Division provides specialized moving and logistics services for medical equipment and scientific instruments. We perform thousands of medical and lab equipment shipments every year. As with our commercial relocation services, our experts can help you plan and execute a move that fits within deadlines.

Storage Options

Tippet-Richardson Limited offers our residential and commercial clients a variety of convenient and secure storage options.

For our residential clients, we can pack and store household items in protective and secure wood palate crates to minimize exposure to damage by dirt or sun exposure. Once in storage, we have on-site warehouse and distribution specialists to receive and redistribute goods according to specified instructions. We keep careful records and inventory so that we can get your items and products where they need to be on time.

We also offer storage for our commercial clients who, for example, have excess office furniture. We will catalogue your items and keep them safe until you have need of them.

Logistics and Distribution

Tippet-Richardson Limited supports businesses in Fulfillment, Pick and Pack, Storage and Distribution. We use the most advanced inventory and supply chain technology. Our approach is clear and organized and allows for inventory accuracy, which will reduce your costs.

Tippet-Richardson Limited offers its clients third party logistics (3PL) services, including warehouse and distribution, operations, contract warehousing, and fulfillment. Our experienced staff and movers are trained in all areas of 3PL. With a fleet of over 90 trucks we can provide contract delivery services to all types of industries. Our comprehensive system allows for complete supply chain management and the flexibility to change with your needs.

Pick and Pack

Our Pick and Pack services are set up for specific order requirements.  We can help pick and pack a variety of product types, often with the same day turn around, to ensure we fulfill your needs in an accurate and timely manner. Our services include:

  • Deconsolidating pallets
  • Strong products based on pre-assigned SKU numbers
  • Polybagging and stretch wrapping
  • Product labelling
  • Same day processing
  • Online inventory management
  • Kitting
  • Customer Service Report


Home Delivery Service

When we deliver products on your behalf, we act as your brand ambassador. Trust our home delivery services to handle your products with care, fully integrated with your supply chain, and to provide excellent customer service solutions.

Our services include:

  • Basic Ground Service: ground level delivery, outside the main home entrance
  • Standard Delivery Service: Delivery inside the main home entrance
  • Premiere & Deluxe Service: Delivery in-home to customer’s room of choice, including unpacking, assembly, and removal of waste as required

This range of home delivery services is an extension on Tippet-Richardson Limited’s storied experience in home and office relocation. We are known for our white glove service. Trust us to treat your clients with the same care and save money on hiring your own specialized employees to stock, pack and deliver items.

National Distribution

Tippet-Richardson Limited National Distribution services will extend the reach of your brand. We have coast-to-coast transportation services, 30,000 square feet of warehouse space, electronic order fulfillment, and residential and commercial delivery options.

We are a full service moving and transportation company with 85 years of experience in the industry that has propelled us past our competitors.

Final Mile

Tippet-Richardson Limited will help companies reduce costs and build their brand, as reliable shippers, by using our full range of supply chain solutions. Our comprehensive final mile delivery service will economize your shipping costs and free up valuable time for you and your employees.

Final mile delivery services include,

  • Product Receiving
  • Warehousing
  • Delivery preparation
  • Delivery
  • Customer Service

We have extensive experience and a professionally trained staff. We have access to a vast network of affiliated services and the latest relocation related technologies. Trust Tippet-Richardson to take your products that Final Mile to their destinations.

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