Mattresses: Fleep ๐Ÿ

Name: Fleep

Products: Mattresses, pillows, mattress protectors

Manufactured in:ย  Near Montreal, Quebec

Where to buy:ย Online, from the company website

Website:ย fleepbed.com/en

Canadian owned:ย Yes

Fleep is another entrant in the bed-in-a-box memory foam market. They offer a 111-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty and free shipping and returns. Fleep differentiates themselves by offering a flippable mattress with different firmness on each side.

Instruments: Lado Guitars ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Lado Guitars

Products:ย Electric guitars

Manufactured in:ย Lindsay, Ontario

Where to buy:ย Online at their company website

Website:ย jklado.com

Canadian owned:ย Yes

Joe Kovacic launched Lado Musical in 1973 and has been building custom guitars ever since. These guitars are not your $150 Costco models, however – expect to pay a real price for real quality. Joe now seems to be semi-retired but plans to keep making guitars for the rest of his life.

Tools: Lee Valley Tools ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Lee Valley Tools

Products: ย Woodworking and gardening tools

Manufactured in:ย Ottawa, Ontario (Veritas line of tools)

Website:ย leevalley.com

Canadian owned:ย Yes

Lee Valley is a retailer of tools and related products, growing out of Ottawa to 18 locations as well as a strong online and mail order business. Plus my dad likes them.

Tools: Gray Tools ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Gray Tools

Products: Professional quality hand tools and toolboxes

Manufactured in: Brampton, Ontario

Website:ย shopgraytools.com

Canadian owned:ย Yes

Founded in 1912, Gray Tools is one of the only Canadian tool manufacturers still in existence. With 4,000 products available and 60 workers manufacturing in Brampton, Gray is privately owned and active in supporting community causes. Their Dynamic line is made outside of Canada, however.

Clothing: Jerico Sportswear ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Jerico Sportswear

Products:ย Wide variety of clothing for all ages

Manufactured In: Toronto, Ontario

Website:ย jerico.ca

Canadian owned:ย Yes

Since 1987, Jerico has operated as a family business in the hugely competitive clothing industry. Despite massive competition from low-cost countries, they continue to employ Canadians and produce quality, socially-conscious apparel. They are an absolute rarity.

Restaurants: Second Cup ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Name:ย Second Cup

Products: Coffee (and other coffee shop stuff)

Headquarters:ย Mississauga, Ontario (franchises across Canada)

Canadian owned:ย Publicly traded on TSX

Website: secondcup.com

Tim Hortons? Owned by Brazilian firm 3G Capital. Starbucks? American. Timothy’s? (Ok, now it’s Canadian owned by MTY Group.) To get your authentically Canadian coffee fix, Second Cup is the place to be.

Beer: Moosehead ๐Ÿ

Name: Moosehead Breweries

Products:ย Beer

Manufactured in:ย Saint John, New Brunswick

Website:ย moosehead.ca

Canadian Owned:ย Yes

Beer brands like Labatt and Molson have always been synonymous with Canada. But did you know that these companies are now part of multinational corporations headquartered elsewhere? Moosehead Breweries is the largest remaining Canadian-owned brewery in the country.

Internet: Shopify ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Name: Shopify

Product:ย e-Commerce Platform

Headquarters:ย Ottawa, Ontario

Website:ย www.shopify.ca

Canadian owned: Publicly traded on TSX and NYSE

From humble beginnings in Ottawa, Shopify has grown to a major player in the e-commerce space. With revenue of more than $580 million a year and 500,000 merchants using its service, if you want to sell stuff online, start with Shopify.

Mattresses: Essentia ๐Ÿ

Name:ย Essentia

Product:ย Memory foam mattresses, pillows and dog beds

Manufactured in:ย Montreal, Quebec

Website:ย Essentia Natural Memory Foam Mattresses

Canadian owned:ย Yes

You may remember these guys from Dragon’s Den on CBC. Since their appearance on the Den, they’ve expanded across North America, but still make their products by hand in Canada. A couple years ago they moved their offices to Florida, which was a bit disappointing. They tend to be quite a bit more expensive than their other memory foam competitors, but claim that their products are healthier.

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