Purolator Inc.

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Purolator Inc.
FoundedEastern Canada, 1960
Number of locations
172 operations facilities
111 Shipping Centres
Key people
John Ferguson: President and Chief Executive Officer[1]
ProductsParcel delivery, Logistics
RevenueCA$1.63 billion (2017)
OwnerCanada Post (91%)
Barry Lapointe Holdings (7%)
Others (2%)
Number of employees
10,000+ (2017)
SubsidiariesPurolator International

Purolator Inc. is a Canadian courier that is 91% owned by Canada Post,[2] 7% owned by Barry Lapointe Holdings Ltd. and 2% by others.

Purolator truck showing the HAZMAT Class 5 Oxidizing Agents and Organic Peroxides placard on the rear door.

The company was originally organized as Trans Canada Couriers, Ltd. In 1967, it was acquired by the US manufacturer of oil and air filters Purolator of Fayetteville, North Carolina (founded as Motor Improvements Incorporated in 1923)[3]—the name was originally an abbreviated form of "pure oil later".[4] In 1987, the company returned to Canadian ownership. Although it retained the Purolator name, it has since had no connection with the oil filter business.

Purolator has partnered with UPS for deliveries outside of Canada.

Cargojet Airways operates Boeing 727, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft for Purolator.

Unicell Quicksider[edit]

A Purolator hybrid electric vehicle

On September 24, 2007, Purolator Inc. introduced the Unicell Quicksider, a prototype full-electric vehicle, lightweight urban delivery vehicle, developed by a consortium led by Toronto-based Unicell Limited[5] in partnership with ArvinMeritor, Battery Engineering and Test Services Inc.; Bodycote Material Testing; Electrovaya Inc.; PMG Technologies Inc.; Purolator Courier Ltd.; Southwestern Energy; and the Transportation Development Centre of Transport Canada.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Purolator - John Ferguson". Purolator.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ "Purolator Facts". Purolator.com. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  3. ^ "Purolator history". Purolator.com. 1960-12-05. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ "Purolator Auto Filters history". Purolatorautofilters.net. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  5. ^ "Unicell". Unicell. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  6. ^ "Purolator Introduces Prototype Battery-Electric Delivery Vehicle". Green Car Congress. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  7. ^ "Purolator Quicksider Electric Delivery Vehicle Displayed in Toronto". TreeHugger. Retrieved 2010-11-27.

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