The moving process is enough to make anyone's stress levels skyrocket, and the Canadian Association of Movers has some advice to avoid being left high and dry at the last minute.
Summer is the peak demand period for moving companies so make sure to get your ducks in a row early. The C-A-M says you should check with them, your provincial government and/or the Better Business Bureau before you hire anyone. They suggest getting three on-site estimates in writing and to ask how your stuff will be protected against loss or damage and insured while it's being moved and get that, again, in writing.
The C-A-M warns do not use a mover with vague contact info. If their website doesn't have a street address and their only phone is a cell phone, don't hire them.